Hello, Dr. Dermer,
Thank you for getting back to me so quickly.
I’ve had 4 ultrasound treatments since Thursday. Nothing was improving after the first treatment but after having a dampened electric heating pad on every 20 mins for a day (and I actually slept with it on for 2 2-hour stretches that night) the next morning my baby was able to suck something out and it (the rock-hard area on my right breast) was at least 60% better. It has kept getting better though not yet 100% resolved. But I’m kind of surprised and disappointed that supply on that side is still nowhere near before the plug – I thought this far into breastfeeding 2 days of nursing around the clock would be sufficient to make up for 2 days of blockage and my supply would be at least kind of back to normal.
And even more frustrating is the fact that I have started having a problem with my left breast also. It feels stiffer than normal (and the therapist today did say it does feel like some kind of blockage is going on there too). Kind of in the same spot as the plug on my right. I have NEVER had problems in that spot on my left. Ultrasound treatment canNOT bring about plugs, doesn’t it? Then it MUST be me rocking baby to sleep every day. And probably the cold weather??? Or is it my pumping occasionally (I really don’t think I have an oversupply that predisposes me to plugs). I NEED to find out what I’m doing wrong in order to change it. If just five days ago I was thrilled (as most of the time before I started having recurrent plugs) to nurse my baby and hear her gulping milk down, these days I don’t feel any motivation. I am so NOT ready to give up nursing baby (I want to nurse her until she’s old enough to remember it, or at least 2 years) but I’m so very sad and discouraged. She doesn’t have as much interest in nursing either when my milk isn’t flowing like before. And “before” was just five days ago.
And while I don’t want to starve my baby now that she isn’t getting as much milk as usual, I fear if I up her solid food intake she’ll have even less motivation to nurse. And I fear it could be the start of the end.
So now we’re doing ultrasound on both sides. They’ve always done ultrasound on the left but it was pretty much just preventative. Now it’s treatment also.