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I have posted my many steps of misery here. Now my right breast is severely engorged and SORE!!!! I have tried several pumps and cant even get 1 oz of milk sometimes just drops.<br><br>
My son cannot latch on that side becuz it is 2 ngorged.<br><br>
I am in so much pain it drives me to tears. When oh when will this go away?<br><br>
Please help with any suggestions.
 

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The flange on the pump might be the wrong size. If this is the case that could be why you arent getting the milk to let down and come out. You could also try hand expressing the milk too.
 

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Have you tried hand expressing? Also, try a very warm shower and massage your breast.<br>
Be careful with pumping. Sometimes the extra stimulation wilk make it worse!<br>
Do you have plugged ducts?<br>
Some women chill cabbage leaves for engorgement relief. When my friend's milk came in, it was the only thing that helped.
 

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I saw a lactation consultant that used a professional grade medela that fit properly but still did not get much...<br><br>
I had a plugged duct and once I got it cleared was when the engorgement started (Saturday).<br><br>
Not a new milk issue but I have been doing the cabbage leaves also.<br><br>
I am in such pain I don't know what to do. I have tried hand expressing but still not much comes out. And my entire breast is now so sore that hand expressing hurts. Will the milk trapped inside eventualy dissipate since it won't come out?<br>
I am so desperate for relief. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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There was a thread on here a few days ago about a woman who was going to have her husband suck on the boob to try to get some milk out and provide some relief. If that's not too weird for you, it's something to try....
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Have you tried pumping while your baby is feeding off the other breast?</div>
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Yeah I have tried tht with the manual pump...the electric pump is to hard to maneuver while babe is feeding. Still no increase...I am so baffled.<br><br>
Tree-hugger... my boyfriend lives in ny and i am in fl so that wont work...it's so tender right now I don't even know if I could stand it...eeeeeeek
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yeah I have tried tht with the manual pump...the electric pump is to hard to maneuver while babe is feeding. Still no increase...I am so baffled.<br><br>
Tree-hugger... my boyfriend lives in ny and i am in fl so that wont work...it's so tender right now I don't even know if I could stand it...eeeeeeek</div>
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Is it possible to get someone to help you maneuver the electric pump while your babe is on? Usually when the baby triggers the letdown you'll get a nice output. If I was in FL I'd totally help you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Maybe the suction isn't high enough? Which pump do you have? Are you starting out with high suction and quick cycle and slowing down? Babies suck harder and quicker at first and it's good to simulate that.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Is it possible to get someone to help you maneuver the electric pump while your babe is on? Usually when the baby triggers the letdown you'll get a nice output. If I was in FL I'd totally help you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Maybe the suction isn't high enough? Which pump do you have? Are you starting out with high suction and quick cycle and slowing down? Babies suck harder and quicker at first and it's good to simulate that.</div>
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I only have my 8 year old and when she tries to hold it she does not hold it still and it ends up losing suction.<br><br>
I have a first year dual electric pump. Don't have the suction too high because my breasts is so tender. And it does not offer a multiple cycle option. The horn on the manual medela fits so much better but of course they are not interchangeable. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Usually when I'm that engorged wet heat is a big help. Have you tried HOT wet compresses like with a rag or cloth diaper, getting it wet and then warming it in the microwave? After two or three applications of those my engorged breasts usually start leaking and then I can either manually express or pump. Good luck!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Usually when I'm that engorged wet heat is a big help. Have you tried HOT wet compresses like with a rag or cloth diaper, getting it wet and then warming it in the microwave? After two or three applications of those my engorged breasts usually start leaking and then I can either manually express or pump. Good luck!</div>
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Yep...I swear I have been trying everything which is why i am frustrated to tears. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Maybe it is not hot enough? I don't know. My breast tisue is so sore and tender I am so scared to damage it
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">nak<br><br>
I have posted my many steps of misery here. Now my right breast is severely engorged and SORE!!!! I have tried several pumps and cant even get 1 oz of milk sometimes just drops.<br><br>
My son cannot latch on that side becuz it is 2 ngorged.<br><br>
I am in so much pain it drives me to tears. When oh when will this go away?<br><br>
Please help with any suggestions.</div>
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my breasts were painfully engorged for days, the only thing that helped was standing under a pretty warm shower and massaging my breasts toward the nipple under the water. i did this as many times a day as I could. try to nurse instead of pump if you can, the trick is to us the index and middle fingers on both hands, put on either side of your nipple and press down to displace the milk from the tissue around your nipple so your baby can get a good latch. also, put cold cabbage leaves over your breast in between feedings to help with the sewlling and pain. i hope this helps.
 

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Your pump isn't a good one. Get an Avent isis hand pump (about $50) Pump that side after baby triggers a let down on the other side. You may have a plugged duct. Use moist heat (shower/hot wash cloth) and massage towards the nipple. Taking soy lecithin can help prevent them. I have my dh suck out plugs when I get them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Just had to add that I have a Medela electric and an Avent Isis and when I get really engorged, the Isis works much better. I also second the wet heat suggestion. I hope you get some relief soon!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> mama,<br><br>
have you tritd filling a sock w/ rice and heating that in the microwave? i had to do that when nothing else worked<br><br>
i hope yu find something soon
 

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Sometimes when I have engorgement and babe is rejecting the side, I can get the baby to latch on in the middle of the night while he's still not fully awake.<br>
Worth a try!<br><br>
Massage helped me a lot, like kooica27 describes<br><br>
With the pain you have, I'd guess you may have plugged ducts again. If you notice red streaks or spots on your breast, if it feels very hot to the touch, if you start to feel flu-like symptoms- call your LC or doctor and let them know you may have mastitis.
 

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Don't know if this will work with such a new baby, but when I was majorly engorged once, where no milk would let out, I parked it in the bath and just had my ds nurse and nurse and nurse. I would alternate running the hot water of the shower over the breast, with just soaking in the bath. Hey might as well just throw cabbage leaves in the bath with you. (I have no idea if this would work, but I know how desparate and anxious you feel). My experience with pumping during plugged duct was not good. It didn't provide relief and just made me more sore. Try nursing in all different kind of positions (baby upsidedown, laying on tummy on your tummy, Side lying with baby lying in the opposite direction (his feet and your head). I can reach my nipple with my own mouth and wouldn't hesitate to try to nurse it in this situation. Good luck and try to relax. I know it is so HARD. hugs to you mama
 

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I know how you feel. I had mastitis, got very engorged, baby opened a big sore on my nipple, couldn't nurse that side, tried pumping, didn't get anything out for over 3 days, breast was 3 times the size of the other one and I was in agony. It eventually got a bit better when my husband basically just squeezed the ^%*$ out of it, but it hurt so bad and was never really the same again.<br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/rev_pressure_soft_cotterman.html" target="_blank">Here</a> is something I didn't know at the time - it might help in your situation. I also agree that massage (pretty firm) and wet heat could help. I'm so sorry you're going through this - hope you feel better soon.
 

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So Sorry, had it happen when DD had to be weaned for tube. DH would literally have to remove the milk for me. Gross as it might seem, it was the best relief in the world. But as thats not an option, know any other BFing mamas who might have an efficient older LO who could get it out? Ds was a champ for that sort of thing...Didn't matter whose boobs LOL. I hope its getting better.
 
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