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July 14th, 2012, 06:10 PM
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I have probably posted on here before about having problems with my breasts leaking and even at one time getting mastitis.

Well yesterday I was having severe pain in my back and chest, something that didn't seem to go away no matter what. My breasts were aching and I went to check on them, they were very heavy and somewhat stiff. This isn't the first time this has happened and I ended up having to self-express my breasts.

So I self-expressed yesterday and there was a ton of milk! I felt much much better afterwards, although I did have to go back and express a bit more later that night. So is this normal to have this much milk - or rather colostrum during pregnancy? I mean so bad that it's engorging my breasts and causing pain that is only relieved from expressing?

My breasts did not have a fever this time like they did when I had mastitis and my milk didn't have a smell or anything - it did seem to gush out when I was trying to express it - before it only slowly leaked.

I also noticed it seems very hard to express the milk at first- almost painful and then finally after a bit of time it starts to flow, I had heard something about the let-down-reflex - is that what I am experiencing?

The milk tended to be slightly more white in color too, when before it was a clearish-yellow-to-white color.

Is this also a sign I will have a good milk-supply when the baby is born?

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July 15th, 2012, 06:36 AM
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It sounds like your milk has come in (rather than just colostrum) and that you got engorged. It's normal to get engorged as milk changes from colostrum (yellow in color) to milk (which can be almost blueish in color).

I've never had to deal with that until a few days after birth, so I don't have any advice on how to handle it while pregnant. I would check out kellymom.com to see if they have anything.
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July 16th, 2012, 11:49 AM
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I agree it sounds like your milk came in already.... not sure what to do about that.

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July 16th, 2012, 03:24 PM
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I've decided the best action was to try not to express anymore, use cold-compresses and hope the engorgement goes away. They are still a bit sore right now but much better then they were the other day.

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July 16th, 2012, 03:59 PM
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Have you called your doctor? I never had that happened to me, so I don't know what to tell you.

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July 16th, 2012, 06:32 PM
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I agree, I'd call the OB. Expressing can bring on contractions so I'd probably not do that too often this early. Though I've dealt with enough breast infections while BF and I'd agree, you do anything you can do to relieve the pain. It definitely sounds like your milk is/came in and I've never heard it coming in before baby either. The OB may have suggestions to relieve the pain without expressing.
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