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Need Breast Feeding Help ASAP!

Posted by on Apr. 20, 2013 at 8:14 PM
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My baby is 3 months old. I have breastfed ONLY. I was nursing him and then pumping because i was producing so much milk. I got to a point when my supply got kinda low i thought so i started taking Fenugreek and mothers milk tea. My supply increased and i stopped both and was only nursing. I haven't pumped in about 2 weeks. I still seem to have to much milk but i thought ifi stopped pumping it would be better. (I have 136 ounces stored in my freezer) This morning i woke up and my left breast has a hard knot in it like when the baby goes a long time without nursing. He sleeps through the night now. I thought after he ate this morning it would go down BUT its been there all day. I tried pumping some after he nursed but the knot isn't going away! ANY IDEAS HELPFUL!!!! 


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by on Apr. 20, 2013 at 8:14 PM
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hollinicole
by on Apr. 20, 2013 at 8:16 PM
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Warm hot rags on it, sounds like the ducts are getting clogged. I had that happen and ended up with an infection if it does not go down or gets warm to the touch need to see the doctor
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MrsNiko88
by on Apr. 20, 2013 at 8:19 PM
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You have a clogged duct. Hot showers massage and "dangle feeing" from they side.
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momtodab
by on Apr. 20, 2013 at 8:25 PM


I took several hot showers and have kept warm rags on them and ive tried to get my baby to nurse more from that side to drain the ducts. I pumped a little bit but the knot isnt going down.. do you think i should keep pumping some right after nursing or do you think it will make it worse???

Quoting hollinicole:

Warm hot rags on it, sounds like the ducts are getting clogged. I had that happen and ended up with an infection if it does not go down or gets warm to the touch need to see the doctor



hollinicole
by on Apr. 20, 2013 at 8:33 PM
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Sometimes a milk duct leading from the milk-making cells to the nipple gets plugged, resulting in a tender lump beneath the areola. There may also be a wedge-shaped area of redness extending from the lump back towards the wall of the chest. Unlike mastitis, the pain comes and goes with a plugged duct, and unless the duct is infected, you will not feel generally ill. If left untreated, however, a plugged duct may become infected, resulting in mastitis, infection, or a breast abscess.

To unplug the duct and prevent subsequent infection, try these suggestions:

Continue to breastfeed on the affected side. By any means, get the milk out! This is the golden rule of preventing engorgement, plugged ducts, and mastitis. Use a breast pump or hand expression if baby is unwilling to nurse.

Breastfeed on the affected side first. Baby's sucking is strongest at the beginning of the feed, so he is more likely to dislodge the plug when he starts on the affected breast.

Vary the baby's position at the breast, so that all of the milk ducts are drained. Be sure the baby is latched-on well, so that he can nurse efficiently. Try the clutch hold or side-lying position. Before each feeding, massage the affected area by kneading your breast gently from the top of the breast down over the plugged duct toward the nipple.

Drain the affected breast better by positioning baby so his chin "points" to the area that is sore. For example, if the lump is around 4 o'clock, use the clutch-hold and position baby's chin around this point on the nipple clock. The lower jaw is often most effective at getting milk out of the breast.

Apply moist heat compresses for a few minutes before feeding or pumping, or soak the affected breast in warm water or in the shower as described under Engorgement

Rest. Lie down with the baby and nap-nurse.

If you notice a small, white dot at the end of the milk duct on your nipple, that is the end of a plugged nipple opening. Apply moist heat on this white blister and with a sterile needle gently pop the blister. If this pore stays plugged, it could block milk drainage and lead to a plugged duct and mastitis.

Try a pressure massage on the area of your breast that is swollen and painful because of a plugged duct. This may help to loosen the plug. With pressure massage, you do not actually move your hand over the skin as you would with a normal massage. You simply press more and more firmly with the heel of your hand to move the plug in the duct down closer to the nipple.

To do pressure massage, start at the edge of the lumpy area closest to your chest wall. Apply pressure to that area with the heel of your hand to the point just before it becomes too painful. Hold the pressure at that level until the pain eases off. Then increase the pressure again, (without moving your hand) and hold it until the pain eases. Continue to gradually increase pressure at that same site until you are pressing as hard as you can. Then pick your hand up, move it down toward your nipple about a half inch, and repeat the pressure massage in this area. Continue moving your hand a half inch and repeating the massage until you get all the way down to the nipple.

You may see the dried milk come out from an opening in your nipple. Even if the plug doesn't actually come out, you will at least have dislodged it and moved it toward the nipple so that when baby goes to the breast and sucks, he will remove it with his suction. Always put baby to the breast on the plugged side first, when his sucking will be the strongest.

PREVENTING PLUGGED DUCTS FROM RECURRING To prevent plugged ducts, feed baby in different positions with his nose pointing "around the nipple clock," so that you empty all the milk sinuses and ducts. Studies have shown that taking a tablespoon a day of oral granular lecithin or a capsule of 1,200 mg lecithin capsule three to four times a day is helpful in preventing and treating plugged milk ducts.


Quoting momtodab:


I took several hot showers and have kept warm rags on them and ive tried to get my baby to nurse more from that side to drain the ducts. I pumped a little bit but the knot isnt going down.. do you think i should keep pumping some right after nursing or do you think it will make it worse???


Quoting hollinicole:

Warm hot rags on it, sounds like the ducts are getting clogged. I had that happen and ended up with an infection if it does not go down or gets warm to the touch need to see the doctor




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ADC2005
by on Apr. 20, 2013 at 8:35 PM
When baby feeds line up their chin with the knot
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momtodab
by on Apr. 20, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Thank you very much! I will try all of this!! This is the first issue ive had. Not sure why i am producing so much milk. Everyone told me id only produce what he eats. With my other child i didn't produce enough! 

cnlsmommy
by on Apr. 21, 2013 at 7:29 AM
You pumping kept the breast empty, which triggers more milk production. If you only bf straight from the breast your supply (typically) regulates to just what your baby needs.


Quoting momtodab:

Thank you very much! I will try all of this!! This is the first issue ive had. Not sure why i am producing so much milk. Everyone told me id only produce what he eats. With my other child i didn't produce enough! 


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hollinicole
by on Apr. 21, 2013 at 8:17 AM
I hope it works, mine was bad the the point of sugery and that was not fun at all. It sounds like you pumping is making more milk then needed, try not to pump after he is done feeding.

Quoting momtodab:

Thank you very much! I will try all of this!! This is the first issue ive had. Not sure why i am producing so much milk. Everyone told me id only produce what he eats. With my other child i didn't produce enough! 

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momtodab
by on Apr. 22, 2013 at 3:07 PM

I have stopped Pumping after he eats and i still produce so much milk i was always in pain so i nursed more frequently. I always offered it to see if he would eat. I got to the point i had to pump. So far its slowed down a bit. I hope it continues. Im tired of hurting!

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