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My breasts have been aching quite a bit today. They feel like they are engorged but they're not, and the ache is back from the areolas (closer to my chest). They almost feel like they're bruised when I touch them. Could this be as simple as not enough bra support, or am I looking at the start of something more serious? DS has been a little hard on my nipples lately (I have stopped expressing ounces of milk before he nurses so he's trying to latch onto a flat nipple and engorged breast), but the pain doesn't seem to be in the nipple. If I need a doc I'd rather not wait until Labor Day weekend! Anyone BTDT?
 

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Hi,<br><br>
It sounds like your breast may have got overfull or are not being drained enough. There is also a possibility that it came from a bra, top, bag or baby carrier that was too tight in general or around part of your breasts.<br><br>
You said that have stopped expressing at the beginning of a feed. Did you reduce this gradually or just stop? If you are expressing a lot of milk, it is important to reduce the amount that you are expressing gradually. Maybe it is an idea to express before the feeds, but reduce the amount that you express, perhaps by 1 ounce every 3-4 days? Another idea may be to express your breasts once or twice a day until they are completely supple and there is no fullness at all. You could then gradully reduce the amount that you are expressing.<br><br>
Has your DS started leaving longer periods between feeds, particularly at night? This may also cause this kind of symptom. It can be necessary to wake your baby and feed on your demand until your breasts get used to his new pattern.<br><br>
Do you use any herbs or drops or tea to 'support' breastfeeding? Then it could be a good idea to stop using these as they can contribute to over supply.<br><br>
Are you taking any measures to reduce your over supply? It may be helpful to feed your son on one side only at each feeding. You may need to feed him in a couple of stages to let him burp in between. At the next feed you offer him just other breast, perhaps in two or three stages. If you do this, it is important to look at how your son is doing carefully. If he starts getting really fussy after a feed, he may need two breasts at each feed again.<br><br>
I do not think you need a doc at this stage, but you may if your breasts become hard, painfull and get red streaks accross them. It is really a good idea to see your doctor if you have the above symptoms and fever for more than 24 hours.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I've been block feeding and at the beginning of each block I was pumping until letdown and collecting the letdown. After a week I started hand expressing until letdown and collecting the letdown. After another week I started letting DS suck until letdown and letting it spray into a towel. The amount of letdown I've been collecting has been decreasing (4+ oz at the beginning to about 1 oz when I stopped collecting). DS will cluster feed like crazy in the evening, then sleep almost all night. I can try waking him (I cringe to do so!).<br><br>
I was running a temp all last night and feel pretty icky, so unfortunately I think it's something not good. I've been having DS feed a lot on the sore side and I'm waiting for my docs office to call back. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 
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