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Sore wrists, caused by breastfeeding?

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troodiedoo Fri 19-May-17 21:39:12

I'm 7 weeks in. Breastfeeding. My wrists and forearms feel like they are on fire. It's particularly bad in the mornings. I mentioned it at 6 weeks check, doc wasn't very concerned and said to come back if it doesn't get better in a few weeks.

Searching online I've found a few people had the same and said it's caused by hormones.

I guess I'm asking is there any magic cure other than ibuprofen and time?

lavei Sat 20-May-17 21:01:21

I thought you weren't suppose to have ibuprofen when breastfeeding?

troodiedoo Sat 20-May-17 21:43:46

www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/2461.aspx?CategoryID=54

lavei Sat 20-May-17 22:02:05

Well the more you know!

Neverknowing Sat 20-May-17 22:20:20

I think it's aspirin you're not meant to have.
Also that sounds horrible, I had some weird things happen when I was breastfeeding but went away by 12 weeks. Hopefully it'll be the same for you!!

troodiedoo Sat 20-May-17 22:40:33

Thanks Neverknowing I'm hoping it'll get easier all round after 12 weeks smile

Newbietwo Wed 24-May-17 14:13:16

I have joint pain which the doctor and my physio have said it's probably caused by my hypermobile joints and breastfeeding relaxing then even further. A bit different to you though as mine got bad at 4 months pp, and I'm now 9 months pp. I hope yours clears up soon, I've found baths help it and warm/ cool packs too. Also I am doing postnatal Pilates to help strengthen around be joint.

troodiedoo Wed 24-May-17 14:19:13

Thanks Newbietwo yes I have found cool packs help. I've also been drinking large amounts of water and seems to be an improvement.

glitterglitters Wed 24-May-17 14:22:45

You've probably still got a few additional hormones. Often pregnancy can cause carpal tunnel and when you bf your body continues to produce relaxin (sp?) causing your joints to pop etc. Also general holds and holding a baby can bring up all sorts of aches and pains from using normally unused muscles too xxx

Wonderflonium Wed 24-May-17 14:25:17

I had similar (4 months in), so I started taking my pre-natal vitamins again and things are getting better.

silkpyjamasallday Wed 24-May-17 14:29:23

I had similar when dd was cluster feeding, what position are you feeding in? Have you tried putting a pillow on your lap to support the baby so your arms and wrists aren't taking all the weight?

BertrandRussell Wed 24-May-17 14:35:32

I had very sore wrists when mine were little- they were cause by picking the babies up constantly. It was a sort of RSI. I cured it by taking their weight by picking them up by the front of their babygros then sliding the other hand underneath.

Be careful not to do it if the babygro fastens down the back, though!

Eminybob Wed 24-May-17 14:35:49

I had horrendous wrist pain that started while I was pregnant and continued while I was breast feeding. No doc could diagnose it, I went to physio and that didn't help at all.
Then eventually I saw a locum doctor who diagnosed it as de guervains tenosinivitis (so?) and prescribed a 2 week course of ibuprofen, which pretty much cured it. I think he did say that he would have prescribed a stonger anti inflammatory if I hadn't been breast feeding.

Eminybob Wed 24-May-17 14:36:56

Sp? Not so

troodiedoo Wed 24-May-17 15:27:54

Thanks all. I'm doing the cradle hold but have been experimenting with some hands free positions. I think they help but don't really feel natural. I guess it takes practice.

With dd1 I found laying on the bed most comfortable. But now have a memory foam mattress which makes her roll down towards me in an amusing fashion.

Piffpaffpoff Wed 24-May-17 15:30:06

I had carpal tunnel after both babies, I got wrist splints from the chemist which really helped. Things settled down after about 9 months. Hope you get some relief soon.

ReedBunting Wed 24-May-17 15:33:00

De Quervain's tenosynovitis. Also known as "mummy thumb". Tis awfully painful!

troodiedoo Wed 24-May-17 17:05:55

It really is agony! Much wincing

BertrandRussell Wed 24-May-17 17:28:24

Please don't let my picking them up by the front of the babygro tip get buried. It worked wonders for me.......

NotCitrus Wed 24-May-17 17:51:59

I had this (turned out I have hypermobility) and what helped was using a my Breast Friend cushion which straps round your waist, to take most of the baby's weight. Or 'mummy shelf'!

Also I always had a blanket under the baby, so I could slide them around by pulling a corner, or pick them up by just picking up all the corners. Handy for leakage/possetting incidents, too...

troodiedoo Thu 25-May-17 08:38:35

BertrandRussell I'll give it a try!

And the my breast friend. I have a cheapo one but I'm too fat for it grin

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