I am nursing my 11 week old daughter. For a few weeks my breasts have been hurting quite a bit, and it's gotten worse the last few days. I had a case of mastitis last month, and I'm not feeling like I felt then (aching fever) although the breast pain is similar. I'm having pain on both sides (both dull and stabbing), and I can feel little knots inside the tissue that are painful. When she nurses on the left side, the nipple hurts, but the pain fades to a discomfort in a few minutes. Letdown has become more painful as well. I don't think it's plugged ducts because my flow is still really strong and there seems to be lots of little knots. There's no redness, or external signs that point to thrush (baby doesn't have anything in her mouth) so I'm not sure it's that- which leaves me with 'what the heck's going on?'
I called the doc and he said he didn't think it was thrush and the lactation specialist told me to put heat on them and massage them (ouch) and take Advil. I'll call back tomorrow if things aren't better and she said she'd put me on diflucan.
Anyone have any ideas as to what's going on? I'm starting to not want to nurse and I'm soooo sore!