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A 35-year-old female asked:

I am currently 2 weeks postpartum, i did not breast feed...woke up this morning with a tender hard immovable lump in breast. what can this be?

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Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Lactating Lump: Even though you are not breastfeeding, your breasts did prepare to feed your new baby. Therefore, you still are having some milk production. The lump could be a clogged milk duct or an infection. Call your OB for him to evaluate.
Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
Be examined: It may be a blocked milk duct but impossible to diagnose without an exam. See your doctor for an exam and consider an US. If it is red warm and tender it may be an area of infection. Try a cool pack and Tylenol (acetaminophen) for relief. All the best.

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Last updated Nov 30, 2014

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