Breast pain?

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Breast pain?

So I'm still BF my DD, usually only at night before bed and occasionally during the night. Lately, I keep getting this shooting pain in just one breast after she nurses. Any ideas?

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How long has it been going on? Is it shooting into your breast tissue or is it contained to the nipple? Is it only after she nurses?

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It's in the tissue just on one side, not the nipple. Sad

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I get tissue pain all the time, but it's not really related to any time frames (while nursing, after, etc). Is it right after she unlatches? TMI, but does your nipple turn white and then purple or red when the pain occurs? Is there any nipple trauma?

I have vasospasms and mine usually start happening when I have a tear on my nipple from her pour latch. And I feel the pain in my tissue, right where I can see a blue vein. At the same time I'm getting the shooting pain, my nipple turns white and then a reddish purple color before returning to normal when the pain goes away.

I am wondering if this is what you are experiencing cause it sounds very much like what I have.

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Thanks ladies! It is a lot like what you are describing Janelle! How long does yours last? I'm debating whether or not to call my doc. The pain was really bad last night. I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but DD only nurses at night for maybe 5 minutes. I think she's just comfort nursing because I really don't think I have a whole lot of milk left.

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They can't do much for vasospasms. If it happens when she unlatches, you can try having a warm cloth ready and place it on yourself when she lets go to prevent a cold breeze from bringing on the pain. Regular cardio exercise has proven successful at combating it for some women. If the pain is really bothersome, you can try a blood thinner, but you have to discuss that with your doctor because there are some risks while breastfeeding. Here's a link for you to read: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/nipple-blanching/

Mine typically last a few weeks, on and off pain and keep happening for a few days after my nipple trauma has healed. My pain is short sessions so I just breathe through it like I'm going through labor and wait for it to pass. I did notice that mine got worse with changes in elevation (the mall is an hour away and we have a pass to go over--that's how I found that) and now that it's snowing again, I expect a period of random pain while my body adjusts. I think mine is based on blood flow/pressure and nipple trauma changes that for healing purposes and thus exacerbates it.

I hope that you are able to find relief, if not in the pain, then at least in knowing you are not alone.

:goodluck:

Also probably worth noting: if it's very localized, make sure you do not have any blockages or lumps that need to be looked at. If my hypothesis of it being blood flow related is accurate, than a clog or even (heaven forbid) a cancerous lump is pressing on a vein, I could see how you would experience a vasospasm pain as a result. Not trying to scare you, just something that popped in my brain.