Second post in 1 week! Here goes...
For the past 2 weeks or so I've been experiencing occasional pain in my left breast. In the past week it's happened 3 times so far. I don't see any nipple damage and sometimes it happens before I nurse and sometimes it happens after. It seems to be coming out of nowhere and its always in the middle of the night or early morning hours. I still have some nipple soreness on both the right and left breasts, but this usually happens when the baby is comfort nursing more than usual, or just really hungry. Regardless I don't think sore nipples would be causing the issue because it's not severe soreness.
I can only describe the pain as a pins and needles sensation. It's annoying, impossible to sleep when it happens, and usually starts in the nipple then the sensation shoots through different areas of the breast. I've tried taking an anti-inflammatory and icing it, neither of which fully relieve the discomfort. In fact, the only thing that seems to help is pumping and nursing, but it takes several nursing sessions before I experience relief. I'm also not necessarily engorged when it happens. This morning at about 4am the pain started up again, this time I was engorged. I woke up to feed the baby and about 5 minutes after he nursed and fell back asleep the pain started up. It takes several hours before it goes away.
Any idea what might be causing this and if so, how do I make it stop or make it feel better when it happens? I did some research online and alot of what I read was about milk let down, I guess that could be it, but wouldn't I be leaking if that were the case, and wouldn't I be experiencing this in both breasts? Also, the past few times it has happened (with the exception of this morning) my breast has been soft. When I do nurse the baby on that side it is incredibly uncomfortable, but only when this pins and needles sensation starts up out of nowhere.