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what are breast shells?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Protect nipples: Breast shells are used to protect sore nipples from the discomfort of touching your clothing. They can also be used to correct inverted nipples and help your baby breastfeed more easily. They are worn inside your bra.
Dr. Janesta Noland
Specializes in Pediatrics
Plastic cups : They are hard plastic cups that go over the breast with a hole in the center for the nipple. When you wear it under a bra, the nipple is pressed into the hole which both keeps the nipple away from fabric so it stays dry and unirritated, but also helps the nipple stand out for an easier latch when the baby feeds.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Plastic disks: Breast shells are hollow plastic disks worn inside the brassiere to protect the nipple from becoming flattened. They are also used during inverted nipple treatments.
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
Tx Brfeed problems: Breast shells are a plastic dome that fits over your nipple, inside your bra. Some are one piece, some are two piece, depending upon the problem that is being addressed. They can allow air to circulate around nipple, correct flat/inverted nipple, etc.

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Can certain breast pumps help me pump more milk?

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Dr. Jennifer Mink
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Yes: An electric double breastpump can help you pump more (may only be slightly more), but in a shorter period of time than hand-expressing or using a manual pump.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Why are my breasts no longer sore?

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Dr. Andrea Knittel
Dr. Andrea Knittelanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Probably hormones: It depends on why they were sore in the first place. If they were sore or tender before or at the start of your period this is a response to the hormones in your body at that time. These cycle throughout the month, making your breasts tender or sore at some times but not others.
Dr. Patrick Weix
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
It is also common for breast tenderness to occur in the first trimester of pregnancy, but it is normal for it to resolve.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Why can't my doctors know where the air bubbles come from in my chest cavity?

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Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Air bubble in chest : Pneumomediastinum or air in the chest can come from lungs, trachea or esophagus. It can happen from deep sniffing, drug abuse, and heavy exertion. I see a number of teenager with lot of air in the chest from unknown cause. Air can also come from root canal. Air bubbles can also mean infection. It may be sign of grave disease process or it may be totally benign requiring simple observation.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What could cause breasts to become sore and enlarged?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Pregnancy: Pregnancy must always be a consideration. Purchase and perform a home pregnancy test. If it's negative, repeat in a week.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Can the size of boobs increase due to pressing during lovemaking?

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Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
No: The size of your breasts will not increase from sexual activity.

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