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Thread: Is this normal?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2006

    Question Is this normal?

    My daughter is actually two months old, so she isn't really a newborn, but since I wasn't breastfeeding before, this is kind of like a newborn question. She was just diagnosed with reflux and we can't seem to find a formula that works well, so I am trying to relactate.

    I started a few weeks ago, but didn't get serious until a few days ago. I have been pumping like crazy, between 8 and 10 times a day. After I pump for about 20 minutes, I manually express to make sure I completely empty my breasts. Yesterday, while I was manually expressing, I felt a huge lump on my right side. It isn't really hard, but its about the size of a ping pong ball, really deep, kind of close to my nipple. I was thinking maybe it was a clogged milk duct, so in the shower tonight I tried to massage it in the hot water. I massaged my left side too and felt the same thing in the same place. I don't feel it much when I just rub it (like a self breast exam) but more when I squeeze to manually express.

    Does anyone have any idea what this is? Should I be worried? If it's on both sides, what are teh chances it's a clogged duct? Is it maybe just an increase in breast tissue? Has anyone expereinced anything like this? Of course it's Friday night so I can't get ahold of my doctor until after the weekend.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2006

    Default Re: Is this normal?

    Sorry, I don't have the answer, but I also have felt lumps like this, but they go away after DS gets to completely empty that breast. It has only occurred on my right side, which is where I have more trouble getting him to latch on well. I'll be watching this thread! At least you know you're not alone!
    Hi! I'm Ann, Mama to my "big baby buffalo" , DS#1, who breastfed from August '06 to January '08
    and DS#2, my"little baby buffalo" born in May '08 and exclusively breastfeeding

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2006

    Default Re: Is this normal?

    Any update?


    Loving mama to JP (DS, 1/03 ~ nursed 6 mos), EL (DD1, 9/05 ~ nursed 4 yrs), EJ (DD2, 3/08 ~ nursed 3 yrs 9 mos), and
    JM (DD3, 6/12 ~ currently nursing), all born naturally
    Devoted wife to SAHD P, my hero
    A few of my favorite things that I've discovered on the forum: co-sleeping, baby-wearing, tandem nursing, baby-led solids, cloth diapering, APing, selective vaccination...the list goes on

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