My LO was born on 23rd January. She is now 11 weeks old. I have been breastfeeding her exclusively. We had some latching problems at first but resolved it soon. When she was about 4 weeks old, I developed a plugged duct. It was terrible and in the middle of the night, the pain became unbearable and I turned to the Internet to look for ideas to get relief. I used a sterilized needle to remove the bleb on the nipple and then pumped out a lot of milk. The duct cleared and the relief was instant. I didn't have any problems except some tenderness in the area where there was a hard lump when I had the plugged duct. Now almost 2 months later, the pain in that area still persists. It is not constant but comes after my LO drains that breast. The pain is stabbing, shooting pains and really quite severe. It doesn't happen after every feed, but happens approximately once a day and lasts till the next feed. The area is also tender to the touch and painful when pressed. There is no redness, no hardening or any other alarming symptoms. Also, there is some pain in the nipple for the first few minutes of every feed. And only on that breast. I do also have issues with oversupply and an overactive letdown. She chokes and sputters for a while and I frequently 'leak' between feeds - mostly on the problem breast. I have not been favoring either side and practice block feeding as much as possible.
I BF my ODD for 18 months and had no trouble. This time I feel like I am ready to call it quits and we're not even at 12 weeks yet! I have spoken to my doctor and she doesn't seem to know what causes this severe pain in an 'empty' breast. Any help would be greatly appreciated!