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Milk Curdled and hurts bad HELP PLEASE!!!!!
Mamanessa88 posted:
Hello Ladies
My name is Vanessa and I am breastfeeding my youngest son and hes 8months now.

Although as of last night I have had a problem with my right breast.I woke up today and it was hurting so bad,then tonight like 2 hours ago I've noticed that I have a rock hard lump or spot in my right breast and if u push on it at all it hurts really bad.

But I can still produce a bit of milk from it.My son has to suck pretty hard now to.So I think I have some curdled milk in my right side and I would like to know if any of you can give me some advice on how to get it out.
Andie_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi Mamanessa,

I'm sorry to hear that nursing is going tough right now. I think you flagged your post on accident in an effort to get an answer right away. I hope I can point you to some good resources and set your mind at ease.

When I nursed my babies, sometimes my breasts would fill up overnight and I'd wake up with breast engorgement . That may or may not be what is happening to you, but you do not have to worry about your milk curdling inside your breast.

Engorgement is a common breastfeeding concern . When your breasts become engorged with milk, they can become hard and nipples flatten, making it harder for the baby to latch on.

Mastitis usually starts as a painful area in one breast. It may be red or warm to the touch, or both. You may also have fever, chills, and body aches.

Check out the links I provided here for some tips on reducing engorgement. If you are having other symptoms, I encourage you to see your doctor.

Hope that helps!

MNMommy3 responded:
Are you running a fever or just feeling generally achy or fatigued? When my DD was about 3 weeks old I developed mastitis. One day I felt fine and the next my breast was super sore, red, and engorged. I also had a fever of 102. It was so incredibly painful! I ended up having to be put on an antibiotic and within 24 hours I felt better. I would definitely get it checked out if warm compresses and massaging it doesn't work!
Kelly (32), DF (31), DS1 (12), DS2 (6), DD (4 months).

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