Re: Severe stabbing pains :(
I've heard it suggested that the pain is caused by the sensation of milk ducts refilling, which would match well with oversupply (more milk = increased sensation). If you had any sort of plugged duct, then mastitis or subclinical mastitis could explain the sensation. If you had more generalized pain that afflicted more of the breast, then thrush would be a good explanation- particularly because you experienced shooting pain in between feedings, which is kind of a classic thrush symptom. And vasospasm could explain the pain- though that would be more likely to affect the nipple, rather than the whole breast.
Questions for you:
- Any changes in the skin of the nipple or breast? Peeling, flaking, dry-looking skin, nipples appearing more red/pink/shiny than normal?
- Any symptoms of yeast in you or the baby? (E.g. vaginal yeast infection, yeast diaper rash, oral thrush)
- Have you or baby had a recent course of antibiotics?
- When baby unlatches, what shape is the nipple- symmetrical like a pencil eraser, or asymmetrical/wedged/creased/shaped like a new lipstick?
- Do you ever notice the skin of the nipple blanch (turn white) or perhaps blanch and then turn bluish purple after feedings?
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