I don't know if you've ever used the words "engorged" and "my breast" in the same sentence.
If you have not, let me just tell you, it is a very hurty proposition.
And come to think of it, how often does one use the word engorged anyway?
The Engorgement happens when your breast fills with milk, but then doesn't get emptied, or not adequately anyway. And so then milk won't come out and it hurts like all fucking hell and a duct can get clogged and you can wind up with an infection.
The very idea of a boob infection just makes you do a cringy little twitchy dance, doesn't it?
So your engorged breast essentially looks like an overfilled balloon - it gets all huge and shiny and hard. And huuuuuuuuuuuuurts.
And you try to keep nursing to help get the milk out, which, until things improve, only serves to annoy your progeny.
My lovely boy awoke at 5:30 am to eat. And instead of being all, "Yay! Boobie!" he was all fussy and kicky.
Which annoyed me. Because if you are going to wake me up at 5:30 am, you are most definitely NOT invited to kick me in the abdomen. As if this needs saying.
So I was all, "Goddammit! No with the kicking mama in the scar!"
Out of context that would sound really bizarre-o, wouldn't it?
As it turns out, he wasn't getting any milk on that side, which was annoying him. Which he vented with kicks.
When I figured this out I felt bad about the profanity, but what can you do.
I spent my entire day working on my breast. Hot compresses. Massage (owfuckowowow!). Pumping (to no avail). Nursing (also to no avail). And starting again from the top.
An entire day trying to unclog my boob.
Finally I put a cabbage leaf on it - a suggestion on kellymom, which is a really helpful breastfeeding website. Also, I took an hour nap with the cabbage while the boy was sleeping.
It definitely helped.
And as I type, I'm holding a mashed fenugreek seed compress to my chest.
Which just goes to show that you will do pretty much anything for love.
Also, it's worth mentioning that if you ever have too much time on your hands, you should try calling around for fenugreek seeds.