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    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!

    Thanks!
    Tina

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    Hi there I am sorry that you are having a rough time You know it may be thrush, I assume that you were on antibiotics for your mastatis? Antibiotics are good and bad, they take care of the infection but also at the same time kill the good bacteria in your body. Also your wee one can be asymptomatic ( SP ) which means that he does not have to have any symptoms to have thrush. If I were you I would start taking some proabotics to replace the good bacteria in your and the babies body. You can get these at a health food shop. Mine are made by Udo's and need to be refrigerated. It could be as simple as starting those and you could be feeling better you may also want to;
    change your breast pads at every feed
    try to air dry your breast, walk around the house with your bra flaps down
    wash your bra, sheets, pillow cases etc in hot water and vinegar
    A good place to check for thrush in the babies mouth is under the lips, also in the pockets of his cheek. I have not found that looking at the tongue is a reliable place bc milk on the tongue can resemble thrush. If you are not better in a few days, I would call and ask for an oral thrush med, usually nystatin for your wee one and Diflucan for yourself. The massage and hot compresses could also be helpful! I hope that you start to feeling better soon

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    Thanks Brittan (your first name is my last!)

    I thought of the antibiotics bringing on thrush, but it's been a month or so since I've been off them and thought I would notice something sooner than now. I'm also eating yogurt like nuts to no avail. I appreciate your insight and well-wishes!

    Tina

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    Tina - (it's Stacey here!)
    I was on antibiotics when Adam was born, and I'm sure that's when the thrush started for me - and that was a full 8 weeks ago. MAybe just treat yourself like it's thrush until you know for sure: washing everything that comes in contact with your breasts and Avery's mouth in super-hot vinegary water, change breast pads frequently, etc.

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    Tina, it can't hurt anything to treat for thrush ... but those little knots have me really puzzled. There are multiple little knots in both breasts?

    If you don't get better quickly or someone doesn't come along with more helpful information than I can offer -- ask your doctor about having an ultrasound exam done on your breasts, to see if the little knots are anything to look at more closely. This isn't ringing any bells for me.

    --Rebecca

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    Hi Stacey! Yes I think I've had this a while (makes me a little embarrassed I haven't done something before now), and am becoming more convinced it's thrush.

    Rebecca... I have always had a lot of cystic tissue in my breasts and can feel it during self-exams. It's feeling the same now, but the knots are just more painful. So, it's likely not due to whatever is going on, but is just more sore. Sound possible??

    Thx!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frogtox
    Hi Stacey! Yes I think I've had this a while (makes me a little embarrassed I haven't done something before now), and am becoming more convinced it's thrush.
    Tina - I'm embarrassed too! I just didn't want to believe it was thrush! We can be embarrassed together! LOL

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    frogtox,

    Is it possible that the mastitis never cleared up? Were you on 10-14 days of antibiotics that are effective against staphylococcus aureus (cloxacillins and cephalosporins, according to Dr. Sears' website)?

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    Yes, I was on some sort of a 'cillin'- but I suppose it could have not worked (I am bad about taking an entire course of antibiotics). I just thought if I had mastitis that I'd be feeling more systematic pain like before (aches, chills, fever).

    Thanks!

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