Post # 1
Last night, I was feeling very engorged in one breast. I nursed from that side first and then went to bed. It was very painful and I started to feel a little feverish. This happened once before and I pumped and that seemed to solve the problem.
In the middle of the night, I manually expressed some milk out while massaging where it hurt just to “lighten the load,” and that seemed to help somewhat. This time, I tried pumping but nothing really came out. Then when I tried to express manually, there was a little bit of bright red blood coming from my nipple. I’d read that this can happen. I’m more alarmed that no milk came out than that there was a little bit of blood.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I no longer feel feverish but I’m definitely concerned. Also, if my nipple has a small abrasion, should I wait until it heals to nurse my daughter from that side?
Post # 3
It sounds more like mastitis. I would call your doctor since you do have blood. If feeding is too painful definately continue to pump and empty the breast often. Here is a good site describing the difference between masitis and a clogged duct.
Post # 4
I highly recommend lecithin. Check kellymom.com for Boyfriend or Best Friend question, that site was best best. My LC recommended it.
Post # 5
if it is a clogged milk duct and not mastis, i would also recommend you try a heat pad on the breast. it took me about a day to get it worked out. and I alternated between heat pad, some massage, baby, and what did it finally was my manual pump. oh the relief once the “knot” worked out.
Post # 6
@eurekaanchovies: OMG I did not know that your milk duct could get clogged. I hope you figure the situation out soon. I wish you the best. The ladies on the bee know sooo much.
Post # 7
Thanks, ladies. Thankfully I have my 6-week postnatal follow-up appointment tomorrow. I spoke with a nurse at the office today who advised me to pump often tonight and nurse exclusively from the “good” breast until I’m seen tomorrow. I tried pumping again and got almost 5 oz. out of the “bad” breast tonight. The milk seemed more watery than usual so I’ll just continue until tomorrow. I’m just glad that I was able to pump!