First of all: Update on "the student" (who will from here on out be referred in that way with quotes and when you read that phrase, you should use an ominous tone of voice in your reading mind). Simply put: He didn't come to class. He emailed me to say he wouldn't be able to attend at all this week. I replied and advised him that it would be in his best interest to withdraw. Certainly, my response was lengthier and more compassionate-sounding than the above sentence, but my general gist was "Please don't return." He hasn't replied to me as of yet, and I checked my roster this morning, and he's still registered, so we'll see.
Second of all: I didn't run this morning like I had wanted to. I woke up with a clogged milk duct, and the little sucker is uncomfortable, and I think running would only aggravate it. Since the first clogged duct, I've had about half a dozen repeat offenders. They vary in severity and ease of dislodgement: Sometimes, it's not painful at all and it unclogs with one nursing, other times, it really hurts and it takes about a day to unclog (the present one falls into the latter category, as in, "it hurts like a motherfucker").
I've read extensively about breastfeeding in general, and particularly about these troublesome clogged ducts I've experienced in the last few months, and I do my best to abide by all the practices that should help me avoid them, but as one article said about them: "Sometimes, they just happen." Which I guess is just the suxxorz.
But, one thing I can't help wondering about is how running might be a factor. Particularly, my running bras. Are they not offering adequate support? Or, could they be fitted so as to inappropriately squeeze my girl parts and cause such milk blockage? Any running, nursing mothers out there who have input on this? I don't think I simply need to adjust the size, because they fit comfortably, but I'm wondering if there could be a structural disadvantage to wearing just "regular" running bras? Is there a brand or structure out there that could be better?