very painful nursing on one side

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Registered: 07-12-2007
very painful nursing on one side
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Tue, 03-10-2009 - 9:52pm

This morning, my left nipple was extremely painful when my LO nursed on it. It felt like she was scraping her teeth against the bottom of my nipple. At first I thought she was, but when I put her on my right side, it was fine.

I checked for any tears, broken skin, or any visible signs of something being wrong. I don't see nor even feel much. If I look hard, maybe I see a bump on the bottom of the nipple? But I see it on the right nipple too, although smaller. When I touch it, it's a teeny bit sore if I think about it, but I'm not positive. Not nearly as painful as when she nurses on it.

I tried nursing her on it again, and it's so painful that my eyes tear. I took her off and didn't nurse her on it the rest of the day. I did pump it to make sure that I got the milk out. I also put hot compresses on it, in case it's a plugged milk duct.

Is it a plugged milk duct or something else? I already put my lanolin in storage. Can I use neosporin on it?


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 03-10-2009 - 10:18pm

It could certainly be a plug, even a milk blister (you can't see yet - sometimes they hurt a day or two before they become visable).


The best thing to do is reassess the latch - make sure you have good position - if baby is held in cradle position, make sure you're "tummy to tummy" (so baby's head isn't turning to latch on) and that the baby's bottom is pulled in close to your body.


Make sure baby comes onto the breast with wide open latch

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Registered: 07-12-2007
Tue, 03-10-2009 - 11:13pm
Thank you SO MUCH! I get plugged ducts all the time (which reminds me, I should start back up on my lecithin), but hadn't heard about milk blisters. I will try what you said and the treatment that I looked up on Kellymom. Thank you, thank you.