As you know, at 6 months we went from exclusive nursing to adding solids too!
We went from nursing every 2-3h during the day (about 6 times) to nursing 4 times a day. And although milk is still the main source of nutrients for a long time, the sudden drop of 2 feedings is noticeable.
It didn’t happen with Sofia but this time, after one week of solids I noticed my breast were sore, engorged and I had one small bump that wouldn't go away, even after feedings. In one day it started to just get overall worse as the day progressed.
So I immediately I texted my lactation consultant to make sure I PREVENTED mastitis, which I only had once 3 years ago when Sofia was a few weeks old, and it's seriously no fun.
She told me to keep nursing nonstop (more often than usual) and to do a massage to help the milk flow & release. She also taught me HOW to position B so that the milk would drain properly (which was the opposite way I typically nurse him). And to pump very very little after each feeding to get more milk out (not much because we didn't want my body to overproduce, we wanted it to adapt to the changes as B grows and needs less).
It took about 24h to see improvements and 3 days to get it completely fine. But I never reached the point of mastitis or real clogged ducts.
She did NOT recommend cold/warm pads or vibration, in my case, but this is why I highly recommend working with a professional that can help you personally in any stage of the issue you are at!
Remember to keep an eye for early mastitis (or mastitis) when you go through milk supply drops or changes. It’s easier & much better to prevent than curing! Some signs include:
* Breast tenderness
* Breast swelling
* Thickening of breast tissue, or lump
* Pain or a burning sensation while feeding
* Skin redness
* Generally feeling ill
And if you need a lactation consultant to text anytime, English & Spanish, @vialactancia is the best!!