I think I have a plugged duct or worse on my right boob. It started Tuesday when I waited a little too long to pump. My right boob is in really bad pain from my nipple to the left side. I think it's a blocked duct because I feel lumps in my boob that are really painful to the touch but they go away after I massage and pump for about 20-30 minutes. It was getting better yesterday but the pain is back today. It is so unbearable. I don't know what to do other than pump every 2 hours now, or pump longer??! The boob is reddened too in the area where it's painful and has the lumps. What am I doing wrong? I have the right size cups on and have been wearing a loose but right size nursing bra and nothing seems to work. I hope it's not anything worse. I have my 5 week post partum appt on Wednesday but I don't know if I can hold off till then. Any ideas?
Heat & rub it when you pump is what I do when a duct is blocked.
DD1 July 2008 (41w3d)
November 2010 (13 weeks)
DD2 August 2011 (33w5d)
If the skin is red and warm to the touch, you have mastitis and you need antibiotics. Do you have a fever at all?
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
You may not have to go in, just give your ob/mw a call and explain your symptoms. I have a tendancy to get mastitis and after DS1 all I had to do was call with my symptoms and they'd call in antibiotics for me. I wouldn't be *too* worried about 99.2 but mastitis can get bad FAST. After DD2 I literally couldn't drag myself out of bed. You'll feel very lethargic and flu-like if it already mastitis. For now keep that breast as empty as possible, pumping as often as you can on that side to keep it completely empty. Another thing that helps is to sit in a bathtub if you can and put a warm washcloth over the spot and massage it. I hope you are feeling better soon!
DD1- July 2004
DD2- April 2006
DS1- December 2009
DS2- August 2011
Thanks ladies! I'm sleeping and monitoring my temp every hour and drinking lots of water, and of course pumping every 2 hours. The thing w the mw is that the hospital I was being treated at is so screwed up I have no idea who my current dr is and no idea how to get in contact with them. There's an urgent care center around the cOrner that closes at 11. If mt temps continue to trend upward I'm going to go in. Last temp reading at 7:11 was 101.3. It was 101 an hour prior.