Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Westchester, New York
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I SO feel your pain. In addition to a never-ending case of thrush, I had a serious bout of mastitis last week. It was the worst. I know you said you're not looking for answers but I'll just throw this out there with hope that it might help. I did two things that really helped:
Use a mini-massager (you can also use a vibrator) on the clogged duct(s) that were causing the mastitis. It really hurts but it does break it up.
Put miso paste on the breast and let it sit there for a bout 30 mins
Use moxa (a Chinese herb that can be ordered online. It's like a big cigar that you light and hold very close to the area that is in pain)
Pump while lying on a bed w/ the bad breast hanging down - this way gravity also works in your favor to empty the breast.
I'm sorry you're going through it - so hard especially when you just want to care for your children!