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Sore boob... mastitis??

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Mads123 · 02/01/2019 12:49

Wondering if anyone else has any idea whether this is normal or to go to the doctors.
My LB is 10 weeks old and we've been very lucky that he took to breastfeeding like a duck to water. I experienced a few days of sore nipples but found once my milk had come in that they got better very quickly.
But over the last couple of days my left breast has felt lumpy and sore no matter how often I feed from it, I tried block feeding and expressing to no avail. The nipple is rather sore also and has a white patch at the tip but was wondering if that is because of extra feeding. The breast is not red or hot and although I did feel poorly one evening I didn't have a high temp.
The pain is not too bad just tender but I don't want it to turn into mastitis and I'm terrified of a abscess developing.
He's anyone had this? Did it get better on it's own? Thanks for reading Smile

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Creatureofthenight · 02/01/2019 16:59

Could it be a milk blister? Or thrush?
I’d contact a peer support group, there’s loads on FB, or call the National Breastfeeding Helpline.

happylandlove · 02/01/2019 17:05

Lumpy and sore sounds like blocked duct
Here are a few tings suggested to me :

  • hot shower and comb the lumps with a wide toothed comb toward nipple
  • feed baby in different positions so latching differently
  • dangle feeding (not dignified)
  • sterile needle to unblock white patch on nipple
  • rough towel nipple after shower to try unblock white bit
  • lots of massage, expressing etc

Don't worrytoo much if it does turn to mastitis too much. It's agony but antibiotics work very quickly.

Good luck!!!
Mads123 · 02/01/2019 18:53

@Creatureofthenight I wondered thrush but my LO doesn't have any signs. But will definitely ring the helpline if it doesn't improve. Thank you!

@happylandlove thank you for all the tips I will give them all a try but may leave the needle till last in hopes it had gone by then. I was worried the massaging was maybe making it worse by stimulating it more but I will get back to needing it to death.

Thanks again

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