A 31-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to have lumpy breasts after childbirth if lactating?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rakhi Dimino
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Clogged ducts: Breastfeeding women can develop clogged milk ducts which can make the breasts lumpy. It is important to get these out by completely emptying the breasts, and using warm compresses and breast massage during feeding/pumping. If they are not worked out, it is possible to develop a mastitis.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to develop lumpy breasts after childbirth?

1 doctor answer6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Fleishman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
Yes: Lumpy breasts can be caused by many conditions. After childbirth the glands in your breast that secrete milk are stimulated by the hormone prolactin. That can cause obstructed milk ducts and breast engorgement especially if you are not breast feeding. Any breast mast that is persistent for a few weeks should be examined by a physician.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
What causes lactating after not breast feeding for 9 months? Should i see my ob or is this something normal that can happen?
Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Galactorrhea: Milk letting is not exclusive to pregnancy and may happen due to medications. Also as part of low thyroid function and high prolactin. Consult with y... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Is it normal for women not pregnant to lactate ? Does it mean something more if it's only in one breast and not bilateral?
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 52 years experience
No: Lactation without pregnancy is an indication of some hormonal disturbance. You should visit your doctor and let him examine you and order tests to mak... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
I started the re-lactating process 3 days ago. My breasts are sore, the areolas are bigger and the nipples are tender. Is this normal?
Dr. Ralph Boling
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Likely yes: If you are restarting your lactation, the hormone changes in the breast can explain what you are experiencing.
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A 39-year-old male asked about a 37-year-old female:
Is it normal for women who have had their uterus removed to still produce breast milk, as if preparing for child birth?
Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Galactorrhea: Is the term used for abnormal letting down of milk. It can happen after hysterectomy but more often with thyroid disease and increase in prolactin. Bl... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Can you let me know how many ml of milk does a single breast release after childbirth ?
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Very variable.: That is one of the most variable things i can think of.
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