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    Thank you for your responses!

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mama7008 View Post
    My nipples always hurt excruciatingly when I have plugs; in fact, that's usually what first clues me in that I have a plug, not finding the hard spot! And yes, my whole breast usually feels bruised after its cleared, even if I wasn't very aggressive in getting rid of it. Was the original plugged area there behind the nipple? Sometimes I'll have a really bad plug that actually is a line of hard lumps stretching all along a duct from almost at my armpit down to my nipple, and it can take a while for all of those lumps to go away - maybe you had something similar and have cleared most of it, but there's still a bit left. I would be very careful, especially since you are sick already, to take it easy to avoid mastitis. As MaddieB suggested, I might consider seeing a doctor if it continues too much longer, just to make sure nothing else is going on.
    I think the original plugged area was behind or just above the nipple. I had the hard line going all the way up and also across the top of the breast at first. Now it's just the one spot with a little bit of hardness in a line going up. How long is too long to wait? We're going on vacation for Labor Day. So, the Tuesday after Labor Day when we return, it will have been 2 weeks of this.

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    I'm hestitant to go to the doctor because she's just referred to me the lactation consultant in the past. And this is who I've seen for this and doesn't have any more advice for me. She said she could recommend an ultrasound, but that the doctor couldn't do anything unless it was an abcess or mastitis.

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    Your situation definitely sounds icky. This is definitely an area overlooked by the medical community. My LC referred me to a doctor when I had mastitis twice and had a mysterious lump (my midwife said was a plugged duct, but it was just a lump from having mastitis that needed to heal). I knew a doctor wouldn't help. She gave me the name of a breast specialist, who was of course male -- I just couldn't wrap my head around seeing a male doctor about breastfeeding issues (unless it was Dr. Jack Newman or something, but this was someone I'd never head of). Luckily I never got it again after the two times I had it, and never needed antibiotics. But it really is a "you're on your own" topic!

    What has happened when you've left it alone for a day or so? Does it get worse?
    Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*filmmommy View Post
    Your situation definitely sounds icky. This is definitely an area overlooked by the medical community. My LC referred me to a doctor when I had mastitis twice and had a mysterious lump (my midwife said was a plugged duct, but it was just a lump from having mastitis that needed to heal). I knew a doctor wouldn't help. She gave me the name of a breast specialist, who was of course male -- I just couldn't wrap my head around seeing a male doctor about breastfeeding issues (unless it was Dr. Jack Newman or something, but this was someone I'd never head of). Luckily I never got it again after the two times I had it, and never needed antibiotics. But it really is a "you're on your own" topic!

    What has happened when you've left it alone for a day or so? Does it get worse?
    I pretty much left it alone (other than nursing and pumping w light compression) yesterday and today. Yesterday was fine. Today, my nipple hurts so bad that I cannot nurse. It's excruciating. Like crying it hurts so bad! I'm miserable. I'm gong to try to get into the dr tomorrow. But I'm guessing they won't do anything. I'm so upset and feel hopeless.

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    Can you ask your LC if she posts on lactnet, and give her permission to ask about your case there (it's anonymous, for you, anyway... I am quite flummoxed by pain that bad, after pain free nursing, with nothing visible...I wonder if oral anti biotic should perhaps be tried even though it is unclear if mastitis is involved.

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    Yes, I'll definitely ask her tomorrow.

    And not sure if this means anything, but I was closely examining my nipple and noticed that the pain was mostly in one area (that is about 1/4 the full tip). That area is swollen or raised a bit more than the other area. Does this mean anything?

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    Friction blister? or really bad irritation- from a bite or a reaction to something?
    For the pain, have you tried positioning baby differently? Once when my daughter bit me and the injury made nursing very painful, I was able to greatly reduce the pain by "reversing" her latch. It meant basically laying down and pulling her over my shoulder so she would pretty much latch "upside down" but it really helped while I healed.

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    Maybe a friction blister? It doesn't look like a blister or anything though. Frankly, it doesnt look like anything. I think I'm the only one that would even notice that part of the nipple appears slightly raised/swollen.

    I tried putting my baby in the opposite direction to nurse last night, but it was still just as painful. Fortunately, it doesn't hurt as much to pump, so I was able to pump last night on the affected side. And baby seemed satisfied with just the one side. This morning I fed him on the good side and pumped the right while I fed so my husband could feed him the pumped afterwards.

    I'm going into the LC today at noon and then the doctor if she thinks I need to. We'll see what she says.

    Thank you again for your help. It means a lot!

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    Please keep us posted.

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