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Breastfeeding has been going great the past few weeks and I can honestly say I am almost starting to enjoy it. But about an hour ago I went to feed my baby and my nipple is extremy sore. There is a hard lump in the underside of my breast that is also extremly sore. What the heck is going on? It's almost too sore to feed her on that side now. Any ideas on what this is or what I can do to make it feel better? TIA
 

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Hard lumps can indicate a plugged duct. Plugged ducts can turn into mastitis. You should apply heat to the area and nurse on that side as much as possible-despite any discomfort. Massaging the lump to help move the milk down will also help. If it's still really sore, you could also try pumping after nursing to empty. I was told by my LC during my mastitis bout to keep the breast empty as much as possible while my body healed.<br><br>
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During the first few months of breastfeeding I get several plugged ducts. You can get these if your bra is too tight. I was measured for nursing bras, but still found that they were too tight on the under side of my breast. I had to wear ones that were more like sports bras. If I had a plugged duct, I went without one. Pumping never helped for me, what helped was to get the baby to pull the plug out! I know this sounds strange, but worked for me several times - put the baby on your bed and then dangle your breast over him to breastfeed, rotate your body over the baby, so that he feeds from all directions - like the hands going around a clock.<br><br>
hope this helps.
 

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I also get these every so often. I am at our 2 month mark and it is getting better and occurs less often. What works for me is to pump. I tried the hot compress and massage and that helped some but took to long to relieve the discomfort. With pumping it works immediatly. Maybee the poster before me does not have a very good pump. But I got mine from wic for free it is a harmony medela one handed pump. I also bought freezer bags so I can save the milk for the future and have also been looking into donating/selling my bm. Oh ya I also switched bras I now wear a sports/nursing bra and it got alot better after that. And at night I don't wear a bra ya sometimes I wake up soaked but would much rather that than the excrusiating pain. Good luck.
 

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Yep sounds like a plugged duct. Ill fitting bras are notorious. One reason I don't wear a bra at all<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> Nurse nurse nurse on that side. I hope you are feeling better soon.
 

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Someone on another thread posted good results using a heated vibrating body massager over the area of the plugged duct- makes sense that it would help. Just thought I"d add that idea <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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In addition to all that the smart ladies above have suggested, drink lots of fluids and rest--take the baby to bed with you for a day or two if at all possible.<br><br>
Plugged ducts sometimes occur when you're not getting enough rest and/or are pushing yourself too hard. I got one when my dd was a few weeks old and realized I needed to slow down from the supermom act.<br><br>
Hope you're feeling better soon.
 
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