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July 3rd, 2013, 06:02 AM
Mega Super Mommy
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OUCH - my left breast is sore to the touch! There is no redness. I do not think it is swollen (hard to tell as I am 2+ sizes larger than normal.) Elli is often a one side eater and i' just alternate each feeding. Trying to make sure that she either eats or I pump this side fully every 3 hours. Don't want to increase supply on this side. How would I know if it is an infection?

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July 3rd, 2013, 06:05 AM
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I have no idea how you would tell if its infected. Lilah prefers one boob to the other, so I usually just pump the left breast and give her the right when I don't feel like fussing with her. But I do know that both my breasts get sore when overfull.

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July 3rd, 2013, 06:40 AM
laurenicole's Avatar Veteran
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I started getting the chills and feeling achy like the flu by the end of the day.
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July 3rd, 2013, 09:05 AM
QueenCrafty's Avatar Courtney
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Location: North Carolina
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It sounds like a clogged duct. Can you feel a hard knot? I would take an Ibuprofen to reduce swelling, massage it in a hot shower, and avoid underwire bras or too tight of a bra. For me, if I nurse with baby on the floor and me on all fours over baby, gravity helps to pull the clog out

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July 4th, 2013, 06:48 AM
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Make sure you don't massage right on the hard spot if you have one...I was doing this and then the midwife said massaging the actual bump will mske it w orse and you can get inflammation. You want to massage the area around the bump toward your nipple if that makes sense.

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July 4th, 2013, 09:22 AM
TeresaV's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I get those hard bumps that are sore too. I put a warm washcloth on it for a few minutes then pump until I am good and empty on that side. It has worked so far for me.

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July 4th, 2013, 10:32 AM
MarylandMama's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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If it's an infection, you will most likely have a fever. Hope it's not!
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