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Plugged duct and other issues

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BuntyCollocks Thu 03-Jan-13 23:09:41

I have a horribly plugged duct/ducts since my milk came in 2 days ago. Dd is 5 days, and she is starting to refuse that breast, not sure if maybe the plugged duct is making it too hard to feed from? She also has a posterior tongue tie we're getting dealt with next week.

I'm sitting here pumping the affected boob with a heat pack on it - it is agony. I've also been massaging it, and offering it more often (which she will only take piddly feeds from it isn't that much of a relief!)

I'm seriously worried about her - had huge issues feeding my son, and although we're off to a better start (yes really! I actually have milk - DS never brought my milk in and it was an uphill struggle from there). Breastfeeding support have said all is looking good - her latch is good, she has wet and dirty nappies (although we're still at dark poo but not meconium which worries me too!), and she seems to be getting a good amount judging by her behavior at the breast ( swallowing sounds etc).

Midwife is round tomorrow but I'm so worried and sore. I need some hand holding and advice.

Welovecouscous Thu 03-Jan-13 23:13:04

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Welovecouscous Thu 03-Jan-13 23:20:18

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BuntyCollocks Thu 03-Jan-13 23:25:51

Thank you, welove. No bleb, and I've been trying both expressing and reverse pressure softening on it for her. For some reason on that boob alone, she tries to use that nipple as almost a dummy - we'll go to latch on, and she'll give two sucks, then just completely break suction.

I really thought given how much milk I have this time (it runs out the right boob when I manage to feed from the left, but the left is no longer as accommodating!), that things would be ok. sad

Welovecouscous Thu 03-Jan-13 23:36:27

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BuntyCollocks Fri 04-Jan-13 00:26:41

Thank you. Will google this massage!

Madam is currently whimpering in her sleep - disconcerting.

Welovecouscous Fri 04-Jan-13 00:40:16

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Welovecouscous Fri 04-Jan-13 20:04:19

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MsPickle Fri 04-Jan-13 20:09:56

Hope today was better. Saw this just now and thought I'd something from my mw that helped me. My block was under my arm and she got me rugby ball holding with the affected arm in the air which really helped. Awkward but effective! Changing position can help, I was also going to try the 'dangle' hanging over her but it cleared before I did. I had mastitis twice with my first & really don't want it again! Good luck, hope it's better today.

BuntyCollocks Fri 04-Jan-13 21:22:50

Thanks both - she has been feeding all day today and has settled about an hour ago. The blockage seems to be resolving thanks to rugby ball hold, which my DS wouldn't countenance, and heat packs. I pretty much took to bed today and we skin to skinned and fed.

She has lost 8% at day 6 - midwife not worried ATM, ESP in view of tongue tie. No poos yet today, although big wet nappies. I so just want some yellow poos from her!

Welovecouscous Sat 05-Jan-13 09:06:16

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Welovecouscous Sat 05-Jan-13 09:06:54

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BuntyCollocks Sat 05-Jan-13 11:27:19

Thanks, welove smile we had a tiny poo yesterday morning, but nothing since sad

Welovecouscous Sat 05-Jan-13 12:54:32

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BuntyCollocks Sat 05-Jan-13 21:16:24

We have a poo! An epic one shock still transitional, but it is something. Got DH to weigh her today - it looks like she's back up to 7lb11oz from a birth weight of 7lb14. Hoping my scales are accurate, but fairly sure they are. Hoping we've turned a corner, and next week when we see the feeding coordinator it'll just keep going from strength to strength.

mawbroon Sat 05-Jan-13 21:32:56

There is a really good tongue tie group on facebook. Look up tongue tie babies support group and ask to join.

There is often more to dealing with tongue tie than just a snip I'm afraid, it might be worth having a look before your appointment next week.

Welovecouscous Sat 05-Jan-13 22:11:53

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BuntyCollocks Sun 06-Jan-13 22:14:54

Thanks, maw - interesting you should say that as DS had/has a severe tie which has been snipped on numerous occasions but kept regrowing.

welove thank you for your continued support smile poo again today (seems to be a massive clear out girl rather than little and often!), which is steadily getting lighter. She is bright eyed and alert and doesn't have the pinched look my poor DS did when he was losing. Midwife back on Tuesday so am hoping to report great things then

Welovecouscous Sun 06-Jan-13 22:50:44

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nillynoon Mon 07-Jan-13 01:49:18

You are doing great - we were about 7/8 days before we got decent mustard seed pops. Hope the tt cut helps

BuntyCollocks Mon 07-Jan-13 10:24:07


Sat here in floods. Have weighed her myself an I'm getting her at 7lb dead on - a 12% loss. It's all happening again. I can't do this to myself again. She looks so healthy compared to what DS did, she wakes and demands feeds, she's not jaundiced, she pees a lot - but just will not put on weight or give me those dirty nappies.

Oh god we're going to end up readmitted. My poor baby.

mawbroon Mon 07-Jan-13 12:17:38

Where are you based?

BuntyCollocks Mon 07-Jan-13 12:51:32

Near wrexham.

Welovecouscous Mon 07-Jan-13 13:55:25

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BuntyCollocks Mon 07-Jan-13 14:49:30

Thank you, welove (even though you made me cry again!).

3 big poos in the last 2 hours. Have just weighed her again and now saying 7lb 14 ... Think my scales are maybe not quite right confused.

She's been feeding all day since 7am, which I'm sure is helping supply, and I've pumped a couple of times when I get 2 minutes respite from the feeding.

Does anyone know if my boob stops leaking (my right leaked when feedig off the left up until yesterday) if that's ok or means my supply is drying up? Or just that boobs are regulating themselves? Blocked ducts on left now completely cleared thank goodness, but not feeling full (which given how often she's been feeding today I suppose is understandable).

She is 9 days today. I know it all starts to sort itself out but not sure when, and worried the lack of engorgement and leaking is a bad sign. [sigh]

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