Hi, I'm hoping someone can help me. I had sub-clinical mastitis that was treated in early September 08. Since then, I have had plugged ducts and a blocked nipple, all in my left breast. It is very very frustrating. It seems like it's getting better, milk will start to stream like normal (like from the right breast) and then it starts getting worse again. The aureole is hard, the nipple is plugged, I just can't win. And my baby gets so frustrated because milk just drips out the left side, it doesn't stream like the right. I don't know if it's even plugged ducts, because those are supposed to resolve within 48 hours, and this has been going on for 2 months. I have done everything--I take lecithin 1200 3x/day, before every breastfeed I do 3 hot warm soaks with a washcloth (and massage it at the same time) and gently try to remove any nipple blockage, and after each breastfeed I apply olive oil. I take a hot bath every night. I have seen my healthcare provider, I have seen the lactation consultant--nobody knows what's going on. I went to get a diagnostic ultrasound--they said there's nothing wrong in there. The pediatrician also checked my baby's frenulum and said that was fine.
One other lactation consultant said that an ultrasound treatment for this does exist, and in fact, when they did the diagnostic u/s, it seemed to get better for 1/2 a day. But nobody can tell me where they do this. (Dr. Jack Newman recommends this treatment--he's Canada's breastfeeding guru.)
In the past with this left breast, I have had milk mucus come out of the nipple. I also have shooting pains into the nipple off and on.
Has this ever happened to anyone? Any ideas on what I should do?