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Shooting pain in my nipple?

DD is two weeks old, and has been breast feeding like a champ. Her latch appears great, and the two LCs we saw plus her pediatrician agree. However, my left nipple is so sensitive to her. It doesn't really hurt when she's latched and eating, but in between feedings I'm getting this shooting pain starting up high in my breast and coming down to the nipple. Anyone with a similar experience and some advice/ideas?
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Re: Shooting pain in my nipple?

  • Perhaps a clogged milk duct. I think I had this- I couldn't feel a lump or anything, and I couldn't even find the painful spot by feeling around...it was just a shooting pain occasionally. Eventually, a hot shower cleared it up before I even brought it up to my doc for help
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  • Thanks! I find I have to take a hot shower right before she eats/I pump or I leak everywhere, but I'll definitely give that a shot for next feeding!
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  • It could also be thrush. Mine started with the shooting pain.  Keep an eye out of per symptoms as its a *** to get rid of and crazy painful if left too long.  Good luck.
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  • I had some of these pains in one breast in the beginning as well. Check your breasts for clogged ducts, but if nothing presents right now- my midwife mentioned a vinegar wash. 1 TB vinegar with 1/2 c. water, saturate a cottonball with it and rinse off nipples after breastfeeding. Then just air dry.

    This seemed to help me when I had this.  The midwife didn't see it presenting as a yeast infeaction and I never actually got an infection, so we weren't sure- but the wash didin't hurt and was an easy thing to do. The pain did go away.

     

  • Would thrush only present in the one breast?
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    Would thrush only present in the one breast?

    It coul. It could also be vasospasms. Does your nipple blanch, turn white or other colors?
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  • It does turn white sometimes. It was white when I went to put her on this morning, but it pinked back up.
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    image Moosemonkey:
    Would thrush only present in the one breast?
    It coul. It could also be vasospasms. Does your nipple blanch, turn white or other colors?

    i had vasospasms too and it would feel like shooting pain. And my nip would blanch and turn white and return to normal color after a few mins. It lasted only a few weeks and I'm not sure why it even started in the first place. Doesn't happen too often now. Maybe every once in a while. HTH.  

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  • I experienced the exact same thing, and I started worrying that I had thrush. However, it finally cleared up, and I'm fairly certain it was just a clogged duct. It was very painful when my daughter latched on that side for a few days, but the best way to clear the duct is by letting baby eat.
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