I feel like I am having a new problem every day. Last night, I posted another thread about my DS cluster feeding to the point of projectile spitting up several ounces at a time (I have oversupply, confirmed by LC yesterday).
Well now this morning I woke up with very bad pain in my right breast, and it has become engorged as well. It hurts just from the motion of walking around even with a supportive bra on.
I also suspect a mild fever - I have been feeling freezing cold all day but it is 74 degrees in my house and I should not be feeling cold. I also feel mildly achy all over. I took my temp a few hours ago and it was 99.4, but that was about 30-40 min after I had taken some Tylenol for a headache. I have since taken Advil for the breast pain, so any temp taking won't be accurate.
When I took a shower this morning I massaged my breasts and hand expressed a little, but that did not help the pain. So after DS nursed, I went ahead and used my manual pump to pump 1 oz out of my painful breast. That helped a little, but not much. I was afraid to pump any more than that - this was the first time I have pumped at all since DS was born (he is 10 days old).
About an hour ago I woke DS up to nurse but he only nursed for exactly 1 min before popping off choking on milk, and went right back to sleep. So I cannot count on him to remove enough milk - he always takes only one side, and never nurses more than 5-10 min at a time. He has TONS of wet diapers and has already exceeded his birth weight by 2 oz so I know he's getting plenty even with the short one-sided nursing sessions all day.
I do not feel any lumps in my breast, but my breasts are SO large (like J cup) that I wonder if there is a clogged duct deep inside that is being masked by surrounding soft breast tissue? The pain feels fairly deep in there.
I've also been checking periodically for any red marks, and so far none.
So my question is this: I know pumping is a bad idea when you have oversupply... but do you think it would be detrimental to do 1 thorough pump session now to empty both breasts so I can get past this and avoid coming down with mastitis?
I have no experience with mastitis, so I don't know if this would be a smart thing to do or not.
Please help, thank you!