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homeworkwithheather - November 10th, 2008 4:37 PM

Did anyone else have breast tenderness while breastfeeding? I am not engorged and baby is eating well and emptying the breast...but they are so sore. I have an appointment with a b/f specialist this week...but I am not sure if they are sore due to my milk supply increasing. My son has been nursing much more frequently...I think he is hitting a growth spurt...any input would be great...


sarah21 - November 10th, 2008 5:37 PM

How old is your baby? It's normal in the beginning to have sore breasts. Beyond that it sounds a little odd to have soreness but as long as there is no redness, it's not hot to the touch, and it's not firm/engorged feeling I wouldn't worry too much.


homeworkwithheather - November 10th, 2008 6:31 PM

He is 3 weeks old today...I had some latching problems and have been trying new techniques since Friday. I am going back to the lactation meeting tomorrow and seeing a specialist on Wednesday...it could be thrush...my breasts are just so sore...like when I was first pregnant...the nipple is super sore...but my latch was off...but the actual breast tissue is very sore...all over...not in isolated areas...I know my supply is growing as he is going through a growth spurt...so I am wondering if that has something to do with it?

Thanks so much for responding....it is greatly appreciated...


beka81 - November 12th, 2008 11:35 AM

Heather, did you find out why this is happening? My baby will be 3 weeks on Saturday and I feel I am going through the same exact thing! Mine too are sore and feel like maybe it is due to a growing spurt. Its just so frustrating, i realy want to breast feed but it is killing me physically...im skinnier now than i was before i got pregnant!


homeworkwithheather - November 12th, 2008 11:45 AM

I have an appointment today at 5:00...I will be sure to post what the specialist says when I get home...b/f is so hard...and my son is hungry ALL the time...however the past 2 days all he wanted to do was eat, so I let him nurse literally all day long...and gave him a bottle of pumped milk. Those 2 days he slept for 6 straight hours, woke up and fed and went back down for another 3. It was blissful...I have never felt so rested in the past few months...if I can keep this up, it is totally worth it...it may be attributed to a growth spurt...but maybe not...if you feed them enough in the day, they sleep longer at night...(that is what I have been told anyhow)

beka...have you been to any lactation classes? I was having so much pain, and I went and got some great tips and pointers for more efficient b/f and better latching techniques...it is also a great place to talk to other moms who have almost given up.

again...I will let you know what the doctor says this evening...good luck and stay strong!


beka81 - November 13th, 2008 9:25 AM

heather, i just cant seem to want to do this bad enough. the baby is frustrated and hungry all the time, she is always spitting up so much mostly because i think she just uses the boob as a pacifier, i am exhausted, stressed, etc so i decided i want to stop trying. now i have to stop my milk supply and i hear it is really hard. good luck to you and i wish you all the best!


homeworkwithheather - November 13th, 2008 1:49 PM

i know it is hard beka...but you should see someone first...it should not hurt...and your little one may be spitting up due to something in your diet. my guy spits up if i eat any dairy or soy....maybe you could cut it out for a few days and see if it improves...

the reason i say to see someone is because my discomfort is due to a yeast infection on my nipples and breast tenderness from a bacterial infection....all VERY common...if they are treated, then the discomfort will go away...and my latch was off...not to mention he is a bit tongue tied...so he was not feeding efficiently...

see if there is a specialist you can see....it may be a very fixable problem....and get your breasts checked if you are having ANY discomfort...

my baby and i are both on meds...he has the yeast in his mouth. you should have your little one checkewd regardless...she may need to be treated...

you can do it beka!!


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