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Jake has been slowing down a LOT lately. He's been refusing to nurse before bed even if I ask him! He'll be 2.5 on Thursday. I woke up this morning w/ a rock hard breast (on Jake's side, the right one is his and the left one is Liam's. LOL! Trying to keep Jake's allergen ridden mouth away from Liam's.) I let Liam nurse on it and then Jake nursed when he woke up. Just a little while ago, I asked Jake to nurse adn he said no. THen he got in my lap and was about to latch on when he suddenly sat up and said "I want milk." So i tried to shove my boob into his mouth. It hurts so bad! But he said no and went to the fridge and got out the milk (we've been getting organic grass-fed local milk. I've heard it's extremely tasy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: ) But now my breast is feeling worse adn it has red streaks. I've been nursing Liam on it a lot.<br><br>
I just took some echinacea and goldenseal and I have a hot pack on it. Is there anything else I can do? I'd really like to take a nap, but dh isn't home and it looks like it's going to be a no nap afternoon for Jake and Liam. Damien is also home, but he keeps storming in and out of the house cuz I won't let him play w/ water and all other kinds of horrible things we moms do when it starts to get warm, but isn't THAT warm yet! Definitely not helping the nap situation!
 

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Oh you poor momma. I too had mastitis once. Nasty and painful. What I've learned is to put a cold/cool pack on it, now warm or hot. Even though it feels good, the heat can make it worse. Also, have you tried cabbage leaves? Apparently this is a remedy that really works. I actually first heard about this through my very mainstream doctor waaay back when my son was 2 months old and I had my bout with mastitis/engorgment. You put the cabbage leaf directly on your breast, inside your bra. The natural juices of the cabbage work to help relieve engorement, but can also dry up your milk. Also Ibuprofin, like Advil helps relieve the pain a litte. Are you going to start nursing Liam on the engorged breast? that would help of course, but I understand you mentioned that Jake has an allergen prone mouth. hmmm dilemas huh?<br><br>
If you notice no relief in a few days I would put a call in to your doctor. Don't wait around like I did, I ended up getting full blown mastitis. My ds who is 2 3/4 just recently weaned and I had one breast that was engorged and painful for 5 days (yes, he only nursed off one breast ever since I got mastitis in the other one, way back when he was only 2 months). But the cabbage/cold compresses and advil helped quite a bit. Now I'm almost symetrical again....after almost 3 years!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I'm so lop-sided already, I don't think it would matter much. I've been nursing Liam on it all day. My friend also suggested the cabbage leaves earlier today, right after I posted this, so I called dh and asked him to pick a cabbage up on the way home. I have my 2nd leaf in there right now adn I am feeling amazingly better! Thanks!<br><br>
I think I'll just start nursing Liam on both sides and I can do a quick wash after Jake nurses. That will be easier than trying to wash before nursing Liam when I need to give him teh right side. That's what I was thinking I'd have to do, but it makes more sense to wash after Jake b/c he's not nursing much these days. duh. LOL
 

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Jake nursed several times today. I guess you never know. ROFL! Probably b/c I didn't ask him. He's in that defiant stage. I should have realized before that of course he'll say no if I ask him to do something! LOL!<br><br>
And no more mastitis. My right breast is still really sore, but it's not as bad as it was yesterday. Just a little tender, but it does hurt like heck when either of them nurses on it. I guess it just needs to heal now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Glad to hear you are feeling better!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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