Title pretty much sums it up. I don't know how it got there so fast! I mean, the thing is huge, literally half my breast. It didn't seem painful at first (I only noticed it a few hours ago), but it's starting to feel tender now, although I've been poking at it and trying to massage it out, which might be part of the pain. I've had plugged ducts before, they hurt a lot more than this and they were much smaller. I also felt some symptoms with those when they were only pea size, unlike this mammoth. I'm concerned. Don't see how I can work this out myself. Is it doctor time? I don't have a lot of faith in my doctor when it comes to nursing problems. She wasn't much help when I had thrush. Luckily, there's a LLL meeting coming up in a few days, but in the meantime, is there someone out there who can tell me what I have and how I should treat it?
But probably is plugged duct. Do you have a pump? I had a plugged duct and put baby on to nurse - nada. I put on the super pump and I felt the duct POP open.
I'd try nursing, pumping, massaging it and doing hot compresses. But you need to get it resolved before it gets infected and turns into a big ol mess!
Add-ons to Ms Fortune's advice. Ibuprofen helped me, as did massaging starting at the nipple to clear the exit route, then moving back to the duct. Leaning over DS while he was on his back to nurse also helped. Hot hot soaks then nursing then icepacks also helped (but the ice was nasty!)
thanks for replying. It has ballooned up overnight, and now it hurts :( It's amazing to me that this can be a plugged duct. It's so big. I did phone the LLL leader in my area & she said pretty much what you two said.
I'm just about to start a question about what is going on with my breast and this sounds remarkably similar. What is your situation now? At present, my "lump" is about the size of a kiwi and I've had it since early December.
Speaking to a local pediatrician (over the phone) who is the go-to person for LLL leaders who have questions, she believes I have a galactocele and we're progressing from there.... I'm very frustrated with the typical healthcare people I've spoken with since December.
Heather4, mine progressed extremely quickly. Within 12 hours of the time I posted this, my breast was red and you could feel the heat coming off of it just by putting your hand near it. It had also become very painful. I went to the doctor, she said it was mastitis & prescribed me antibiotics. I think she was right in her diagnosis, because after just a couple doses of the antibiotic, it was gone. Of course, I'm still taking the antibiotics, because it's not good to not finish the prescription, but it's pretty much fixed right now. I hope you figure out what is going on with you! It can be frustrating!
There's also something called a milk cyst (GALACTOCELE) - which isn't infected or related in any way to masititis. It's just a cyst that's filled with milk - if they don't go away on their own, they can be aspirated and that usually ends them.