What could this be?

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Jenn0113's picture
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What could this be?

My bbs are always hurting. I assume it's just from pumping a lot but it just seems like it shouldn't be this bad after almost 3 weeks. My right bb has a red splotch on it and they gets kind of itchy. Is that normal? I wondered if it was just from them still stretching from when my milk comes in and I get engorged.

(ugh, tried to edit my mistakes but my iPad is acting up and won't let me without retyping it all).

mlle_carrie's picture
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Could it be a blocked duct? I don't have any experience with this, but your symptoms sound a lot like what I have read for a blocked duct or mastitis?

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I agree with carrie. Could it be an infection?

kmm123's picture
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Sounds like a clogged duct to me

Info on Kellymom: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/mastitis.html

If you start to feel sick it may be infected and antibiotics can help - hope it clears up

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I'm on my second round of abx for mastitis. It is anything but itchy! It is very painful, plus flu symptoms of fever, chills, and body aches. I've never had a clogged duct so maybe its that? I hope you feel better soon! You can try hot compresses before you pump and see if that helps. Filling a diaper with hot water stays warm much longer than a wash cloth.

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Agree with the clogged duct. Try massaging the spot gently while nursing and in the shower, and put a warm washcloth on it a few times a day. Also try massaging it while pumping to fully drain it. Is there a lump with the red spot? My bbs still hurt occasionally and it's been 6 weeks almost!

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I agree with the other girls... I hope it clears up for you soon!

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Sounds miserable Sad I hope it clears up for you.

(Also I agree with you on the iPad thing haha. Since the boards changed it is so annoying to post or reply from my iPad now!!!)

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My mastitis had stripes in the red spot. Be careful, call the dr. if it gets any worse!

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Thanks everyone. I think I'll call Monday. I've done hot showers and massages while pumping. I wondered if it was the beginning of thrush!?! I've never dealt with thrush so I have no idea what that is like either. I just know that all the bfing/pumping set backs make it hard to want to continue.

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"Jenn0113" wrote:

I wondered if it was the beginning of thrush!?! I've never dealt with thrush so I have no idea what that is like either. I just know that all the bfing/pumping set backs make it hard to want to continue.

I wondered that too since I still have pain. I don't think we have any of the other symptoms though? Interested to see what your doc says. I can so relate to wanting to throw in the towel bfing. But everyday I just try to keep going with it... Good luck!