I am in such a state...I'm currently nursing my 9-month old daughter (our third child; the older two were nursing champions just like this babe), but I suffer from persistent and recurrent plugged ducts in my right breast. Back in January things got really bad and I had what seemed to be a permanent lump on the right side of my right breast. I consulted my Midwives, went for an ultrasound and was told that everything looked fine. (i.e. I do not have cancer, though no one suggested how to fix the problem).
After the U/S, things continued on. (I work full-time and pump 4x / day to get the 12 ozs that I send to daycare). I have always struggled to pump enough milk for my babes, but this time around things have been easier (third baby = more milk. Yay!). My supply seems okay. But now I have a hard, small lump in my nipple. It is NOT a bleb, I cannot for the life of me find any white spot on my nipple. At this point, I would gladly trade a winning mega-millions ticket to find something (ANYTHING) that I could poke with a needle to release this thing.
For the last 5 days, nursing has been unbearable. I suffer through it, but the pain is horrendous. I am at a loss as to what to do. I take 4 lecithin pills a day. I drink water like it is going out of style. I've been taking EmergenC. I've tried WishGarden Healthy Ducts Tincture. I spend every waking moment with a hot, wet diaper on my breast (removing it only to pump or nurse). I've tried holding a vibrating, battery-powered razor (sans blade) to my nipple. I've soaked in Epsom salts. I've used castor oil compresses (this is the one that has always worked for me in the past). I've done dangle-feeding. I've changed up nursing positions. I've tried to suck it out myself. All to no avail. (I've get to ask DH to try to suck it out...this is my next move!)
I'm also tried to squeeze my nipple between finger and thumb to work the lump closer to the nipple opening. This is absolutely horrific. I told a nursing friend at work that I feel worse than I did in labor. I am nauseated with the pain.
Please, if anyone has any ideas or suggestions, send them my way. My left breast is so wonderful...it is flopsy after a feeding and I can easily express milk from it after a pumping session. I know that I am blessed to only have things be horribly wrong half of the time. I just wish that I could fix this so that I am not in tears the other half.
Thanks kindllly in advance,