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Does nursing lead to breast lumps?

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Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Yes: Sometimes a nursing mother can have a galactocele, a milk-filled cyst in the mammary gland. This is benign and is caused by a protein plug that blocks off the milk duct. It is safe to breast feed your baby. It usually resolves when the baby is weaned.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Sometimes you can get plugged ducts while nursing that are lumpy. Warm soaks should help. If they persist, locate a lactation specialist in your area.

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