Just when I thought I had things figured out BF'ing my 3-month old... Since yesterday I started to feel part of my right breast hard; it gets harder between feedings and becomes soft after them (especially after a long feeding that drains the breast well). I first thought it was a plugged duct because only part of the breast was hard. However, it doesn't hurt (I had a plug ten weeks ago and it hurt A LOT). Also, I can't really feel a single lump--rather the whole top outer side of the breast is hard and lumpy.
The outer side of my left breast also feels a bit lumpy between feedings (I feed one breast at a time so several hours go by for each breast) but not as hard as the right breast.
I am very puzzled! I've been massaging during feeds, doing warm compresses, but I am not sure what I am dealing with. Can you have a painless plugged duct? Can the duct be so deep inside the breast that you cannot feel it when you palpate? Or is this just engorgement? Either way, any tips for dealing with it?
Diaper output (wets and poops) has been normal. She is feeding as often as usual (8-9 times a day), spending the usual time at the breast (10-15 minutes), and is her normal self. She had an appetite spurt two weeks ago when she was always hungry and fed a lot, but last week she gradually worked it back to normal and I didn't feel engorged.