Friday, June 4, 2010

nursing troubles - again

More nursing problems... my breast is really sore. The whole damn thing, nursing isn't too painful yet, but it hurts just walking around and God forbid anyone happen to brush up against my chest (and with three kids - this happens a lot more often than you might think). I have no idea what the problem is - it's not thrush, I don't think it's a blocked duct, it's not mastitis. It just hurts like hell. I'm speculating that my poor breasts are just worn out. I nursed Sam for so long and he only weaned when I was pregnant, so these poor babies have been working hard for over four years now, between the pregnancy with Sam, nursing him for three plus years and then the pregnancy with Julianna. Maybe they just don't work as well anymore. They're tired :-). I'll keep trekking along, hoping that it'll work itself out. I nursed her for a while on it earlier, and it wasn't fun, but wasn't as bad as it was when the thrush was at it's worst.


Heather said...

Melissa, my breast felt like that when the mastitis was just beginning. I didn't have fever or achiness until a couple days later. I couldn't stand for anyone to even brush up against me. I soooo hope you don't have mastitis!

Queen Bee said...

that bites. :(

my first thought was that perhaps the thrush was not totally cleared up. do you have a clogged pore ("bleb") or any dried milk scretions on the nipple?

Melissa said...

I can't figure it out - at first, I thought it was just that she'd had a bad latch the other night, because the nipple seemed to be red and almost cut. She's got white in her mouth, but it scratches off, and the pediatrician saw her yesterday and said if it was thrush, it wouldn't scratch off without leaving blood, and it's definitely not that. I don't think it's a blocked duct, but maybe. I'm going to go to the urgent care doc tomorrow and have us both evaluated to see if it is thrush and I'm just clueless or if I'm starting to get mastitis. It just hurts, and I'm tired of nursing being such a struggle. Julie's super fussy tonight and Sam was a miserable disaster before he finally fell asleep (about two hours earlier than normal for him). It's been a really rotten night ;-(