Re: Multiple painful lumps on one breast after nursing
Welcome to the forum! The first thing I would suggest that you do is to keep nursing. What you describe sounds like it could be some sort of infection, and if it is, the best thing for it is to keep milk moving through the breast. When milk just sits in the breast, or you get full/engorged from abrupt weaning, that gives infection more of a chance to really set up in the breast.
Second, watch yourself carefully for signs of mastitis, which include fever, chills, aches and pain, malaise, pain in the breast, tender lumps in the breast, and red spots/streaks on the exterior skin of the breast. If you see any of those- especially fever- go see your GP and discuss antibiotics.
The crack/hole on your nipple may have been a conduit for infection. I would treat that with a combination of Bacitracin ointment and 1% hydrocortisone cream (use pea-sized amount, mixed and applied using a clean finger).
Shooting pain in the breast is sometimes linked to thrush, which is a yeast infection. Signs of thrush:
- Mom may have vaginal yeast infection
- Baby may have oral thrush or yeast diaper rash (pediatrician will be able to recognize either of those)
- Mom or baby may have had a recent course of antibiotics (abx often result in an out-of-whack microbial flora, which can allow yeast to overgrow)
- Mom experiences itching, burning, or shooting pains in between feedings
- Mom may notice nipples which appear more red/pink than usual
- Mom may notice shiny, flaking, dry-looking, peeling skin in the nipple/areola
- Mom may have cracks, often small and slit-like and radiating around the nipple
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