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    Hi, everyone. I've been having some tingling sensations in my breast that shoots down to my nipples. It feels slightly electrified and slightly painful. It happens in both breasts simultaneously when I am not nursing. It's random and seems to occur when I have gone a while without nursing, like when baby is napping. Could this be a sign of something wrong? Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*pinkie12 View Post
    Hi, everyone. I've been having some tingling sensations in my breast that shoots down to my nipples. It feels slightly electrified and slightly painful. It happens in both breasts simultaneously when I am not nursing. It's random and seems to occur when I have gone a while without nursing, like when baby is napping. Could this be a sign of something wrong? Thanks.
    I doubt it. It's probably just a letdown sensation. Let down often tingles or aches. But just so you know, if it burns or you feel shooting, acute pain, that's a sign of thrush.


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    I get this BAD when I'm at work. Let down pains is what I've come up with - I don't get them any other time.
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    Yep, sounds like let-down


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    I had this so intensely for the first few months of breastfeeding that I'd sometimes double over in pain. Like, make-me-cry kind of pain. At 6.5 months I sometimes feel it just a little bit, but the intensity is much less. I do think different moms experience it differently, and some not at all. Hopefully, if it's painful, it will get better over time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*lizziesmom View Post
    I had this so intensely for the first few months of breastfeeding that I'd sometimes double over in pain. Like, make-me-cry kind of pain. At 6.5 months I sometimes feel it just a little bit, but the intensity is much less. I do think different moms experience it differently, and some not at all. Hopefully, if it's painful, it will get better over time.
    My pet theory, which has been backed up on these forums, is that women with OALD tend to have more painful letdowns, because the milk ejection is just more forceful. I would get letdown sensation so intense, they sent a shiver down my spine. They were an intense dull ache. I kept thinking I had a fever, because it was so much like the "aches and pains" you get with the flu.

    It definitely got better over time, and now I can barely feel my letdowns, and only every once in a while.

    But I also had thrush, and that was a different animal. Searing, burning, shooting pain with letdown, plus super sore nipples.


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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*joe.s.mom View Post
    My pet theory, which has been backed up on these forums, is that women with OALD tend to have more painful letdowns, because the milk ejection is just more forceful. I would get letdown sensation so intense, they sent a shiver down my spine. They were an intense dull ache. I kept thinking I had a fever, because it was so much like the "aches and pains" you get with the flu.

    It definitely got better over time, and now I can barely feel my letdowns, and only every once in a while.

    But I also had thrush, and that was a different animal. Searing, burning, shooting pain with letdown, plus super sore nipples.
    I agree - I had OALD, and, especially in the early days, would experience a deep tingling sensation with a bit of pain when starting to nurse, or when going for a longer period without nursing. Sometimes I would get it when admiring or thinking about my baby, or hearing a baby cry. The sensation has definitely dulled over the past month or two (DS is 3.5 mths). In my experience, other sources of pain (thrush, BD, etc.) are different beasts altogether (in my case, felt more like deep, sharp, burning/stabby pain).

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