Sorry this might be lengthy!!
HERE is the back story:So, my LO is 6 months old. She has been sleeping 11 hour stretches (7:30-6:30) for probably about 6 weeks now, but my left breast is STILL very full/hard EVERY morning. My right is also full for sure, but not uncomfortably so...my left has always produced much more. I've been waiting for weeks for my body to adjust but it just doesn't seem to be happening. It's always a relief to nurse in the morning but difficult because getting a deep latch is hard. I've been dealing with small blisters/cracks (honestly don't know exactly what is going on but have tiny pieces of white dead skin in the very center of my nipple). I've thought about pumping in the morning but have avoided it because I certainly don't want to increase supply :P
NOW THIS WEEK: I've been handling it alright UNTIL...this last week on Saturday and then AGAIN today, when I go to nurse in the morning my LO latches on, but then my nipple and areola just get really swollen and puffy and barely any milk will come out at all. I don't know what is going on but it's painful for me and frustrating for LO Since the first time it happened, I've tried heat before nursing thinking maybe it's a plugged duct? That seemed to be going ok until today.
Anyone had issues like this?? Or know what it might be? I've thought about pumping before bed...would that maybe help relieve the morning engorgement?