breastfeeding pains

by Jennifer
(Florida )

Breastfeeding mommies. I have a problem. Wondering if any of you have it. When we sleep, if I sleep on my side the next day my boobs and chest hurt so bad its a sharp pain. It goes away after some time, but I was wondering if it was normal.

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Jun 23, 2014
a few suggestions
by: Anonymous

Hi Jennifer

I think it's perfectly normal. I guess that when you sleep, the breast fills up with milk and is uncomfortably sore, due to pressure on it (from lying on it.)

Have you considered lying on your back in a reclined position? This way you can put your baby on top of you when you breastfeed at night. (I'm assuming you are co-sleeping)

You could also make a point of it, to change sides often during the night.

In the morning when you wake, you can massage your breast to relieve yourself from some discomfort and pain, this will help drain the breast easily too, which can prevent any blocked ducts.

If the problem is already due to a blocked duct, massage is a great way to unclog any milk. You can also use breast compression while breastfeeding, to help with milk flow.

Here are a few pages that may help...

Blocked ducts
Breast massage
Breast compression

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Mom in pain

Where do I find all these herbs?? I have mastitis I've had it for three days now, but it been extremely painful.

The Dr. prescribed me cephalexin only, but nothing for pain n the pain hasn't gotten any better. I need something for pain. :( I live in a small town in NM, but never seen this herb at the grocery stores, so where can I buy them at???

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Oct 09, 2012
Takin herbs for mastitis
by: Tracy

Hi

You will need to ask around for a herbal shop; you won't find these herbs at a normal groceries shop.

Tylenol, Ibuprofen or Aleve Naproxen can be taken for pain and is safe to take while breastfeeding.

Here are some more tips on how to handle mastitis...
https://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/mastitis.html

Hope this helps


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Decrease in milk and the sharp shooting pains

by Nadeja
(Conyers Georgia US)

This was such a great help! I as wondering why I was experiencing such sharp pains and a decrease in milk supply.

I would drink 5-7 bottles of water and normally pump and feed all day, with more than enough left over and still feel a fullness in my breasts.

I noticed a serious decrease in milk and the sharp shooting pains two days ago. Other sites the people sharing comments thought it was milk being deposited into the breasts. However, this pain is different.

The other "let down" feeling was a radiating tingle in both breasts at the same time and stopped, this pain was mainly in one breast, and the pain was in specific locations in the breast at random times all through the day.

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Aug 21, 2016
Same here!
by: Anonymous

I'm having the same troubles. Did you speak to a lactation consultant? Ever get an explanation?

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Breastfeeding pain

by AsiloAAsilo
(Cavite city philippines)


Hello.

My breast hurt left one when I touch it and its hard for me to lay down, to move, but when I'm not moving, I cannot feel any hurt.

I'm breastfeeding for two years.

And I am on one-year injectable family plan.

How can you help me?

Thank you

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Aug 15, 2016

by: Tracy

It will be best if you see a lactation consultant in your area, who will look at your specific situation and ask you an array of questions to figure out what the issue is.

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Pain

by Diz
(Houston, tx usa)

I have pain only on the bottom of my breast (left one) I can.t lay down to sleep on my left side because my breast hurts....my baby will b 3mnths Aug...why is this even when I try to lift it when I pump it hurts I usually pump 3_4 ozs..plz help

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Jul 24, 2011
see your doctor
by: Tracy

Hi Diz

You need to see your doctor about this; if you have mastitis, it can turn into an abscess if not seen to soon enough.

Try some of our remedies for mastitis...

Please read more on Mastitis and breast abscesses

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Painful to breastfeed

by Jessica
(Widhoek)

My mom, when I was young used to say that it was painful to breastfeed. And now I'm eight months pregnant but I'm scared it will be painful, but I wnat to breastfeed my baby, what shall I do??

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Jul 16, 2013
breastfeeding
by: Tracy, CBC, CLD

Hi Jessica

Breastfeeding should not be painful, a little bit of nipple sensitivity is normal in the first few days...but they become accustomed to the extra attention.

If breastfeeding is painful, or you are experiencing cracked or bleeding nipples, there is usually some other breastfeeding problem that needs to be addressed.

There are so many benefits to breastfeeding for you and baby; please educate yourself on these before you make your decision.

Read:

The benefits of breastfeeding
The benefits of breastfeeding for mom
The immunity of breast milk
Gut protection through breast milk.



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Night time feedings are painful

by lebo
(katlehong)

It's mostly painful when I breastfeed my baby at night, is this normal?

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Feb 25, 2013
smoking
by: Anonymous

I'm currently breastfeeding and I find it difficult 2 quit smoking

Feb 26, 2013
soreness at night
by: T

Maybe its because your baby breastfeeds for longer periods without you realizing it. You should try to unlatch baby before your nipples start to ache. So as soon as you see that that baby is asleep, you should unlatch.

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Pain in milk ducks....

On one occasion I fed my son when he was about a month old, and I think he sucked so hard I had extreme pain in the back part of my breast almost like a pull from the milk duct. A month later it happened .same breast again but not as painful. He is gaining weight (95th percentile). He is nine weeks. We have had a rough road with breastfeeding but have been doing exclusively, and it is getting better. Does anyone know what may be causing the sharp pain deep within when he sucks?

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Damages caused by sex during breastfeeding

A friend tried to convinced me that women should not have sex during breastfeeding because it will destroy the breast milk and cause watery stool of the baby, is that true?

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May 24, 2016
not true
by: Tracy

Hi

That is not true. Its just a tall tale told by very uninformed people.

Sex during breastfeeding is not only good for your relationship with your partner, but it encourages the release of feel-good hormones, which will decrease your risk of postpartum depression as well.

Hope this helps

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Breast sensitivity

Is it just me or have my breasts lost sensitivity after weaning?

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Breast eczema on nursing moms

by Lynn
(Malaysia)

Hi, I was diagnosed with breast eczema last months. Initially, the lactation counselor diagnosed it as thrush but after several weeks of treatment with nystatin my breast still hurts.

They referred me to the dermatologist, and they confirmed it as breast eczema which commonly attacks nursing and pregnant moms.

Can you elaborate more about breast eczema because the info is very limited? I am nursing a 17months old boy and currently using organic cream from MooGoo Australia. Tq

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Dec 09, 2012
eczema on breasts while breastfeeding
by: Tracy

Congrats on sticking in there!

Have you tried using your breast milk on eczema? Many people say that it helps.

Also wash off any saliva of baby's with water after every feeding, as the saliva may aggravate your symptoms. Make sure your breasts are air dried after every feeding.

Since your baby is already 17 months old and is probably eating solids, it's always best to rinse out his mouth before you allow him to breastfeed as the food particles in his mouth may cause you more itching and pain.

Many find that if they reduce or eliminate dairy products in their diet and take a probiotic supplement of acidophilus daily, it reduces symptoms.

If you still have severe symptoms, I recommend you try a nipple shield while breastfeeding.

Some other general tips for treating eczema include:

- Bathing in water that is not too hot

- Keeping the area moisturized (I suggest a natural oil such as coconut or jojoba)

- Keep your stress levels to a minimum

- Wear bras that allow for air circulation (cotton is a good option).

- If you wear breast pads, you should change them as soon as they get wet.

- Use fragrance-free soaps and creams

- Rinse your bras out twice after washing them

- Other allergens in your diet may include eggs, soy, fish, and wheat.

Hope this helps


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Waves of pain after breastmilk feedings

Our five-week-old baby has waves of pain after breastmilk feedings. You can see it come over her. The waves usually last 20 seconds to a minute and repeat every minute or 2. It can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hrs.

Initially, this was just in the daytime, but it has moved tonight as well. Have paralysis by analysis from over reading. Any ideas?

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Oct 14, 2012
colic?
by: Zoe Burton

Sounds like she has colic have you tried Infacol?

Oct 14, 2012
reflux
by: Erin Barling

Or perhaps reflux?? Dr can prescribe meds; I used Zantac with my second bub.

Oct 14, 2012
few tips
by: Saaniya Naik

Check your feeding positions!!!! If your positions are wrong, your child will intake air too!!!! Give her colic drops 15mins before feed 3times a day, check the proper dosage on the box or with your doc!!!! C to it that the nipple portion is entirely in her mouth when she sucks!!!! Make sure she does burp after she breastfeeds!!!! You should hold her upright with her head on your shoulder for at least 3mins after every feed!!!! She will be okay, don't worry!!!!

Also, try to differ between colic n gas!!!! If she gets quiet when you move, carry, walk with her.... It means COLIC!!!! But if nothing works and, she still cries and shouts in pain.... Then it's GAS!!!!

Oct 14, 2012
My advice
by: Tracy

Hi

Does your wife have an oversupply of milk? Or a forceful let-down?

Sometimes, if you have an oversupply, your baby might be drinking too much foremilk (watery liquid) that comes out before the hind-milk (fattier, more filling milk)

Foremilk is high in lactose, and this can cause cramps and colic symptoms.

To correct a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance, you will need to breastfeed from only one breast per feeding session; if the other breast becomes engorged, you can pump a little or hand express for comfort. After a few days of doing this, your milk supply should decrease, which will help reduce the amount of foremilk.

On the other hand, if she has a forceful let down (milk flows very fast) baby might be struggling to keep up and might gag/choke and swallow air while breastfeeding, which can also cause bad tummy cramps.

More to read...

Read more on how to handle a forceful let down.

Oversupply problems


Foremilk/hindmilk imbalance

Oct 14, 2012
similar problem
by: Angel Tlatoani

I had a similar problem with my now 4-week old son. I believe it was due to a forceful let-down. I followed the online advice of pumping a little before feeding. I also would gently force my baby to unlatch every few minutes just for a few seconds if I didn't have time to pump before feeding(my son is four weeks old and can still demand to feed pretty sporadically). My baby would choke every so often while feeding too; I thought he was a fatty boy/just trying to get the hang of eating, but it made me nervous and so upset. That can also be attributed to a forceful let-down, or so I've read. I also eliminated milk and limited my dairy intake at the same time I started doing the above. The problem improved pretty much immediately, but I think it was because of the forceful let down, so I'm slowly reintroducing milk into my diet.

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Sore breast with hand expression

I've hand expressed for a full day and woke the next day to a sore breast. Can it affect my supply???

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Aug 10, 2016
hand expression and pain
by: Tracy

Hi, well yes, it should increase your supply, not decrease it. Just be gentle but firm when hand expressing, you don't want to hurt your breast tissue.

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