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I am breastfeeding my 8 month old daughter. For about the past 6-7 days, my breasts(nipples) have been very sore and bleeding what could be the cause?

I am breastfeeding my 8 month old daughter. For about the past 6-7 days, my breasts(nipples) have been very sore and bleeding what could be the cause?

Cracked nipples: Nipples are cracked from trauma of nursing try using breast shields and massage your breasts between feeding with a lanolin preparation.You might also have to pump your breasts for a few days. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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What can I do if my nipples crack and bleed while breastfeeding?

What can I do if my nipples crack and  bleed while breastfeeding?

Get help: There are several ways you can fix this, but the one thing not to do is to just wait and hope it will get better. A lactation consultant or nurse or doctor can help. If you are sore and cracked, it will cause you pain and put you are risk for infection! try allowing the nipple to air dry with some breast milk on them after feeds and review the baby's latch on position carefully. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long should I be bleeding after vaginal delivery if breastfeeding?

How long should I be bleeding after vaginal delivery if breastfeeding?

Variable: This is pretty variable but usually most of the bleeding is done by 6-8 weeks after delivery. If you're still bleeding at 6-8 weeks, more than just dark spotting, call your ob. ...Read more

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Currently exclusively breastfeeding my 9wo, yesterday i started bleeding, could this be a period?

Currently exclusively breastfeeding my 9wo, yesterday i started bleeding, could this be a period?

Probably not: Most breastfeeding moms will not ovulate and those who do will not do so in the first two months. So it is probably not a period. Many women who breastfeed do have episodic spotting and bleeding, sometimes for several months. ...Read more

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Is there a reason why I am bleeding (vaginally) while breastfeeding while wearing an iud?

Is there a reason why I am bleeding (vaginally) while breastfeeding while wearing an iud?

Normal physiology: An iud does not change your normal mentrual cycles, is there to prevent pregnancy. Breastfeeding may impact menstrual periods temporarily, but eventually your body will return to it's normal cycling to have more children. ...Read more

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What to do if i had my baby 5 1/2 weeks ago, i quit bleeding a week and a half ago and i exclusively breast feed?

What to do if i had my baby 5 1/2 weeks ago, i quit bleeding a week and a half ago and i exclusively breast feed?

Question?: Congratulations on breast feeding your baby. It is recommended that you continue to do so. I am not entirely clear what the question is - everything sounds normal. If it pertains to birth control, then I recommend speaking with your doctor and starting some method. Breast feeding reduces the risk of pregnancy, but it is not 100%, and plenty of people have gotten pregnant while breastfeeding. ...Read more

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Deliver normal n breastfeeding but after a month still bleeding.What cause?

Deliver normal n breastfeeding but after a month still bleeding.What cause?

Bleeding: Bleeding after delivery is called lochia. It may last for awhile because of atony of the uterus. However, if you are concerned see you obstetrician to make sure you don, t have other problems. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding and no period for 5 monthss my son was born in september 2011, i had the regular bleeding the first 6 weeks but after that i had nothing. This is my third child and had periods with the other while breastfeeding. It has been almost 5 months

Breastfeeding and no period for 5 monthss my son was born in september 2011, i had the regular bleeding the first 6 weeks but after that i had nothing. This is my third child and had periods with the other while breastfeeding. It has been almost 5 months

Many : Many women will not have a period while breastfeeding because the hormones that make milk (prolactin) will also suppress ovulation. This is nature's way of preventing women from having too many babies too close together who, in the old days, she might have had a hard time feeding. Once your baby starts to eat more food and nurse less often and your prolactin levels fall, your period and your fertility will return. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Patterson
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Bleeding (Definition)

Bleeding is a term describing the loss of blood. It can occur inside the body due to damage to blood vessels or organs or outside the body during menstruation or when there is a ...Read more


Nipple (Definition)

A nipple also known mammary papilla or teat is a small projection of skin containing the outlets for 15–20 lactiferous ducts. Its at the apex or top or breast ...Read more