Re: Pumping concern
That definitely sounds like a breast infection. It could have been mastitis- did you have flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, aches)? If not, you probably caught the infection before it turned into mastitis- so job well done there!
Last week I had a breast infection I believe was on the right side. That breast was red and hot.
The "blob" could definitely be the cause of or the product of the plugged duct. A lot of moms notice a stringy or clumpy appearance to their milk when they have plugs.
While pumping that side yesterday, I removed the pump and there was this white, thick, blob hanging from my nipple. Has anyone experienced that? Each time I have pumped since, there is some form of the same thing coming out of my nipple. Could that be from the infection? Or could it be what causes a blocked duct?
Although what you describe sounds very much like a symptom of or a cause of your problems, remember that human milk direct from the breast isn't like the cow's milk we get at the store: it hasn't been filtered, pasteurized, and homogenized, so some clumpiness or stringiness or just non-uniform texture is normal.
I don't think you need to be overly concerned about the blob- since I think it's more a symptom of a problem than a problem in and of itself- but you certainly should be concerned about the cracked nipple, the plugged duct, and the infection. Continue to pump, and get help from a lactation consultant to see if she has any tips to help you fix the problem.
I am wondering if I should be concerned with this?
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