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    Painful breasts while stopping breastfeeding
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    mygirlvalgal posted:
    About 2 weeks ago I stopped pumping milk for my daughter. Before I quit, I began to slowing reducing my number of sessions. From 4 a day, then 3 a day for a week, then 2 a day for a few days, and finally once a day for a couple days. I didn't feel any pain the first week, but a few days ago I noticed what feels like knots in my breast and they are very sore in those spots. Some articles say maybe I should pump to see if that relieves the pain and some suggest this could turn to infection. I'm not sure what do to and if an infection has already set begun. Any advice?
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    scperdomo7 responded:
    It sounds like you've got some clogged milk ducts, this can happen when the breasts aren't being emptied on a regular basis. An unfortunate side effect when attempting to stop the production of milk.

    Pumping or nursing is the best way to allevite the clogged ducts, however that could have an undesirable effect as you are trying to dry up your supply.

    Warm compresses and massaging the knot can help. But would work best while pumping to express the trapped milk.

    If left untreated, you could develop an infection, known as mastitis - very painful, requires antibiotics and comes with flu like symptoms.


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