My son stopped nursing 2 weeks ago. He is now 20 months old. We were at the end of a mense (3rd or 4th since his birth) when he started refusing to nurse. Starting this past Tuesday I was getting intense ovulation pain, something I was not accustomed to. Then a few days later I noticed a lump in the right breast that has been becoming increasingly painful to the touch.
I've done some quick reading here and elsewhere. Sounds like
**why/when: post weaning lumps are pretty common whether from changes in hormones or problems with milk ducts. But it also seemed it was most likely right before mensing rather than 8 days after mensing (my menses have been 5-6 weeks apart).
**home treatment: moist heat, massage, cabbage leaves, and avoidance of caffeine (including chocolate) may help--sure wish I had read about that last one earlier this week before I worked through a bag of M&Ms! A friend recently mentioned the helpfulness of olive leaf oil with all sorts of problems, including her own recent bout with mastitis.
**doctor: some sites indicate it a good idea to wait a full cycle before going to a doctor, but when there to expect an exam, and perhaps an imaging and/or biopsy.
Other tidbits... I believe it was the right breast that hurt when nursing during mensing. It was enough so that the last day or two of the last mense, his last days of nursing, I did not offer that side.
Has anyone else experienced painful lumps during ovulation rather than just prior a mense? Any other thoughts, suggestions? Of course people will be hesitant to say wait to see a doctor, but how long did you wait or rather how long before it cleared? Outside of massage and moist heat what did you find the most helpful?
Thank you ladies!