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    Today, 12:16 AM
    Hi bear.mommy. I responded to your other post about the breast pain and I suggest check that out. It was not clear on that post how much over production (OP) you are having. So it sounds pretty bad, but take heart, OP is almost always a temporary problem. You are at the peak time for milk production right now. Even if you did nothing at this point, your milk production would almost certainly begin to reduce to a more manageable amount over the next several weeks. Also, please do not worry about your baby overeating! Yes babies whose mom has OP gain rapidly at first. This is perfectly fine, it all evens out later. Ok, so I will take the questions one at a time. A baby nursing one side at time is fine. But no, you do not want to have one breast go more than a few hours without milk removal (unless you are intentionally block feeding, more on that below.) So, as I suggested in your other thread, can you encourage your baby to nurse more often? Baby nursing with high frequency will probably help and cannot hurt, because baby will not take in more overall, but rather, less at each meal. Frequent nursing also helps reduce fast flow, so should help baby be a little happier and calmer overall. It sounds like you have OP, as you are reporting most of the symptoms including above average rate of weight gain. But that is still not a reason to block nurse necessarily. Again, given a little time, OP usually solves itself. Also, block nursing in this situation where...
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    Yesterday, 09:57 AM
    Hi bear.mommy, I am sorry you are having this problem. If it persists, I think you might want to consult with a board certified lactation consultant. In my experience, dullish, aching pain in the lactating breasts is not out of the ordinary. It does not mean you are particularly sensitive, it just means there is a lot going on in the lactating breast and that normal activity can cause some discomfort, and it could be either on one or both breasts. What I find worrying in your case is the fact you have a history of poor latch and injury, and the pain sounds more intense than typical. Also the great deal of sensitivity on the skin surface sounds worrying to me. To me that IS a sign of either engorgement or breast infection (mastisis, not thrush, more on that in a moment.) You do not describe being engorged, but you have OP and get plugs that go away when baby nurses. That sounds like it may help to have more frequent milk removal. How often is baby nursing now? Could you encourage baby to nurse more often, do you think? Maybe it would help to always have baby start on the painful side? Is there any chance of a hidden plug, one so deep you are not noticing it, or do you think you are feeling sufficiently "empty" between nursing sessions that you would notice a plug that is not going away?
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    Yesterday, 09:35 AM
    Kellymom talks about friction blisters in this article. Could that be what is going on? http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/nipplebleb/ If you cannot pump or nurse, can you hand express? It is really important that you continue to take milk out of that breast. As far as baby eating, it is quite possible that baby will be able to get enough milk from one breast while you work this problem. If you hand express and manage to save the milk in a bowl or cup, you can try offering baby that expressed milk in an open cup if you think it is needed. If you would like a link to a video of a baby this age cup feeding let me know. Also you can try reversing or otherwise changing the angle of baby's latch to see if that makes nursing possible. When I was healing from a bad bite I laid down and brought baby over my shoulder to nurse, reversing the latch. it is usually fine to nurse while nipple injuries heal, although of course it can hurt.
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