Re: Breast pain...is it infection, or my breast pump?
Oh, that must be so hard! This link may help: Help - My Baby Won't Nurse!
I try to bring her to the breast at least once a day, but she pretty much refuses always.
Believe it or not, that's great! Something is better than nothing.
Once in a while I have gotten her to stay on the breast for a few seconds, but she comes off it.
Wonderful! I hope she can give you the help you need.
I have an appointment with a LC on Tuesday.
I'm thinking that the pain is related to oversupply, because that can cause all the symptoms you're experiencing: vasospasms, baby clamping down, baby reluctant to feed from breast, painful feelings during letdown/leaking, painful feelings due to fullness when you've gone several hours without pumping/nursing... When you pump, how much milk do you get? How much can you get?
I'm just really concerned about all the pain I'm in, and wondering what I should do to treat it or if I have to wait til Tuesday.
Treating oversupply generally requires that you remove less milk from the breast. When milk sits unused in the breast, it sends the message to your body that you're making too much, and your body gradually reduces supply. So if oversupply is the problem, reducing the amount/frequency you're pumping and putting up with the pain from fullness should eventually reduce your supply to a more manageable level.
Of course, even if you are experiencing oversupply, that doesn't rule out the thrush possibility. You could have one or the other, or both, which is why I think it's great that you're going to the LC.
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