Posted in Breastfeeding, Parent's Health

I have “mom thumb” 👍 aka tendonitis that I read half of new moms get! For those who have had it- what did you do to heal it? Im making an appt to see my doctor next week but in the meantime would like to get a headstart on healing it. It especially hurts during middle of the night feedings...my thumb was kind of “clicking” this morning when I moved it 😫. A friend of mine got a cortison shot and said it never hurt again but not sure if I can do that since I breastfeed.

  • Katie Anderson
    Jan 03, 2018

    I got a wrist brace at CVS and it helped. But I also got it right as I went back to work and doing different movements and using my hand differently helped it to go away.

  • Carolina
    Jan 03, 2018

    Get it checked soon! Physical therapy is the best solution. Hope you have a good doctor that listens. The wrist brace works but my doctor said use it while you don’t use the hand (aka while sleeping or not doing anything) Otherwise it puts more stress in it. I ended up taking a cortisone shot because I was denied PT by insurance. The pain was unbearable. Also what helped me after was to try and use my other hand as much as posible. And a lot of stretching.

  • Carolina
    Jan 03, 2018

    The one Cortisone shot is ok if breastfeeding (per my doctor)

  • Diane
    Jan 03, 2018

    Thank you Katie and Carolina! Carolina- did you find the one shot helped a lot? Was it worth it to get?

  • Carolina
    Jan 03, 2018

    It changed my life. It was worth it, oh yes.

  • Alyssa
    Jan 03, 2018

    I ended up getting a cortisone shot too. But they also molded me a brace that fit my arm/wrist/thumb bc the dr said my thumb needed to be “away” from my hand as much as possible during healing. It was great - but bc I kept picking up my daughter, I got another shot a little less than a year later. Apparently that’s not unusual. Hate to say it, but it hurts again, but now I’m pregnant so I’ll have to wait.

  • Christina
    Jan 03, 2018

    I got 3 cortisone shots and after the third one I had to get surgery. Quick little snip and 3 day recovery... Never felt better.

  • Rochelle
    Jan 03, 2018

    I remember having that! Wore a wrist brace also. Make sure you don’t get a cheap kind and get something medical grade. It eventually goes away the more your child gets older and bigger. Your wrist wouldn’t have to bend in awkward angles to hold them.

  • Kelly
    Jan 03, 2018

    Ah! I have it and it’s bad. It hurts so bad and it’s constantly popping, especially when I wake up in the morning. My sister in law is a doctor and told me the ice it and wear a brace to immobilize my thumb but it’s torture wearing that thing and it’s difficult taking care of a 7 month old with it on. Those of you who went to a doctor, what kind of doctor? General Dr or orthopedist?

  • Christina
    Jan 03, 2018

    I went to a plastic surgeon who specializes in hands.

  • Diane
    Jan 04, 2018

    Kelly, I have the popping in the morning too! It makes me cringe 😩! I have an appt with my general practitioner on Monday and will take it from there. Ugh good luck, what a pain!!

  • Alyssa
    Jan 04, 2018

    I went to an orthopedic surgeon

  • Justin
    Jan 04, 2018

    I tried the CVS wrist brace for about two weeks, didn’t resolve it. Went to the ortho and got a cortisone shot and it was cleared up in under a week.

  • Lindsay
    Jan 04, 2018

    I had this from 28 weeks pregnant until baby was 5 months. Sooo painful. I did a cortisone shot in both wrists. I was breastfeeding & pediatrician approved the shots. Horrible for several days after but then it got better miraculously. Wish I'd done it sooner so I could've enjoyed my baby more. If you do the shots make sure you do it when you dont have to work for a couple days & have help with picking up baby for a few days. Otherwise... best thing...