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how do u tell the difference? my right breast just became sore to the touch yesterday and is also sore when DS is lying on my chest. could this be a clogged duct or mastitis?

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Do you have a fever? Red streaks? If you do, I would guess mastitis. Otherwise, I'd just nurse extra on that side and use warm compresses. Mastitis can come on really fast though, so watch carefully. Good luck!
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Do you have a fever? Red streaks? If you do, I would guess mastitis. Otherwise, I'd just nurse extra on that side and use warm compresses. Mastitis can come on really fast though, so watch carefully. Good luck!
No, no fever or red streaks, just tender. And I've been nursing extra long on that side all day today. How long should I give it to heal before I should be concerned?

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Sounds like plugged ducts. WArm compresses and while nursing on that side direct chin to sore area. Here is an article from Dr Sears: http://www.askdrsears.com/html/2/T022100.asp

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Keep doing the nursing on that side and warm compresses. You don't really need to be concerned until it gets infected but hopefully you can get the plug out before that is a concern.

Like a pp said mastitis can come on quick (and sometime get bad quickly) so just work it out as best as you can but if you get the red streaks, hot to the touch, or a fever you might want to go in.

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No, no fever or red streaks, just tender. And I've been nursing extra long on that side all day today. How long should I give it to heal before I should be concerned?
I'd wait a few days unless you start having a fever, red streaks, or feeling like you have the flu (chills, upset stomach). Resting, eating well, and drinking a lot of water have helped me more often than not and I used to be the queen of mastitis. And, of course, keep nursing on that side first and using warm compresses. good luck!
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castor oil compresses with moist heat will really help break up the clog. Stay on op of it! It can go bad fast!

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