Today, 06:42 AM
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What you describe sounds like a plugged duct, and very possibly the beginning of mastitis. Plugged ducts can be just semi-plugged, with milk continuing to exit but generally not as fast or as thoroughly as it should. So here's what I'd like to see you doing:
- Watch yourself very carefully for increasing evidence of mastitis. This would be things like increasing redness, deep breast pain, fever, full body aches and pain, chills, general malaise and flu-like feelings. Keep a thermometer handy and take your temperature once in a while, even if you aren't feeling bad. If you are seeing more mastitis symptoms, call your doctor.
- Call your doc and ask how to get treatment if this turns into mastitis on the weekend. Should you go to urgent care, or does your doc provide care on a weekend?
- Operate by the old La Leche adage: "Empty breast, lots of rest." Keep the affected side as empty as possible. The more you remove milk from that side, the better chance you have of clearing out any infection- and no, the milk will not hurt your baby.
- Since it sounds like you have assigned your babies one breast apiece, I suggest switching them for some feedings. Maybe one of your babies is a better nurser than the other and will have an easier time getting the breast unplugged.
- Use different nursing positions. This may require you to nurse the babies seperately, but it will help getting all areas of the breast drained.
- If the babies aren't able...