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    Question burning in breasts

    I have a question: Throughout the day, I feel a burning sensation in my breasts. It almost feels like a rugburn that travels towards my nipples in little waves (like gravel falling down a hill). It is bad enough that I always grab at them and push on the spots. ( I do this w/out realizing it-even in public!) Also, my breasts are constantly sore (sometimes just the nipples other times it is as if the whole breast is one big bruise). I've been ignoring it (my babe is 6wks) but I've noticed that I do not even want to burp my baby on the shoulder b/c it is very uncomfortable.
    I'm almost over the bf thing if this continues. Any ideas? Is this normal?

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    Default Re: burning in breasts

    Could it be because he is not latching well? even if he sucks good, if he "pinches" or latches just on your nipple, that could be causing the soreness. My son has that problem initially and it made my nipples soremaking me want to be shirtless all the time.

    try different BF positions. find one that is most comfortable for you and your baby.

    goodluck!

    Gabe and Jacob's Nanay

    Gabe born on September 07, 2004

    Jacob born on May 29, 2007

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    Default Re: burning in breasts

    burning makes me think of thrush..
    did you have anti-botics at birth?
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/thrush.html
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/llleade...tNov98p91.html

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    Default Re: burning in breasts

    Sounds like thrush to me too. There are some good articles about thrush on this site...
    http://www.breastfeedingonline.com/newman.shtml

    Just scroll way down to yeast/thrush

    It probably won't go away without treatment so look into the options. I had it from week two until about week 5 and it's really annoying but can be taken care of fairly easily.

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    Default Re: burning in breasts

    Thanks guys, for the quick responses. I checked out the links and maybe that is what it is. Now that I think about it, I remember the pediatrician saying that he had a little thrush and to be careful about it passing to me. However, that was downplayed as we were sent to the ER for tests on Jaundice (he was 4 wks old). I'm not nursing (only pumping and storing) per drs orders until tests come back. The burning happens when I'm not pumping.

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    Default Re: burning in breasts

    Are you wearing a bra with underwire? Do you let your breasts "air out" at home? Are you using nursing pads?
    The underwire is a no no if you are bfing, and I would personally watch out for keeping anything moist and soaked on your breasts for too long. A t shirt drys out quicker than a pad.
    Thrush is tricky, you have to diagnose with the symptoms.

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    Default Re: burning in breasts

    I am not wearing an underwire and I wear the pads only when I know I will be out for awhile. Wearing the pads hurt. My baby is so squirmy right now and it is hard to hold/comfort him when you don't want him to rub on your breasts! :-( I was just in my obgyn yesterday (for the 6wk checkup) and I totally forgot to ask him to check them out. I'm such a dingbat! :-) Argh

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    Default Re: burning in breasts

    Does it hurt to nurse? Are your breasts hard (even in just one area; like a lump in the breast)? You may have a plugged milk duct. If this is the case you may be able to see a white dot on your nipple (milk blocking the duct). You would want to massage the hard area and wipe with a wet/warm wash cloth on the nipple to unclog the duct to release the backed up milk. Sometimes nursing while massaging will obviously give relief of the pressure if the suck is strong enough to release the 'plug'. This may be uncomfortable until you get the duct flowing again but it's worth it. Keep an eye on it to be sure it stays unplugged.

    If it's just stabbing pains thrush may be the culprit. Good luck!

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