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    Hi everybody,

    I have a 7-week old baby and I am breastfeeding. Last 5 days I started feeling a sharp and radiating pain in both breasts after feedings. My breasts sometimes feel like they are burning. They are not hard nor worm. I don’t have a fever, and it’s not a yeast infection (I went to see my family doctor).It’s not a plugged duct (I had that before, so I know how that feels). Anyone has an idea what it could be?

    Thanks!

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    It seems like thrust (yeast infection to me). Many doctors miss or misdiagnose this, so my question is how did your doc test for thrush? You have pretty classic symptoms IMHO. Many doc will look at LOs mouth and if there aren't any white spots will say no yeast. I had thrush as well with no symptoms on LO.
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    Is LO nursing aggressively? I find that I get some pains after a really tough nursing. It comes and goes with me (haven't felt it for a week right now) - I don't know what it is, but I figure since it goes away, I'm not going to bother about it.
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    My thought would be either thrush or vasospasm. Do your nipples change color at all when they are burning? Mine used to look white, bright pink, deep pink and then white again, correlating with the pain.
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    Yes, I do have white nipples and often flattened after nursing. However, I know for sure that the baby latches properly. She eats very aggressively.
    I'll go tomorrow to see my family doctor. Unfortunately, she is not very helpful. I usually have to tell her what could be the issue.

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    Hmmm . . . I have to say I'm baffled. Thrush or vasospasm leap to mind for me too. An improper latch would be my next guess.

    I think since you've ruled out all the common causes of pain, you might be best off seeing a more experienced specialist, perhaps a certified lactation consultant or a breastfeeding friendly OB/GYN. A call to your local La Leche Leader could put you in touch with some local experts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*list View Post
    Yes, I do have white nipples and often flattened after nursing. However, I know for sure that the baby latches properly. She eats very aggressively.
    See, to me the flattened, whitened nipples after nursing indicate some sort of latch compression, which could be the cause of vasospasm leading to the pain. Nursing well and having a good latch don't always go hand-in-hand - baby could be gaining great but still clamping down on your nipple. Maybe experiment with some position changes - for me the key was to make sure DD was lifted up evenly with my breast and not sagging at all. The slightest body weight on the nipple caused her to clamp down for us. Another cause of vasospasm could be if your baby is clamping down to slow the milk flow.
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    Default Re: pain after breastfeeding

    did the pain just start?
    or have you had it all along?

    How was your birth?

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