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Breast Feeding And Milk Duct Fistula
Women of any age can get blocked ducts and mastitis. It may go away on its own, but for more information please see this very helpful website:
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A fistula is an abnormal connection between two places. Most commonly, it originates somewhere in the intestine and communicates to another location in the intestine or in the skin. A fistula can develop after abdominal surgery, with inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, anorectal abscess, and ...Read more
Blocked duct: A blocked milk duct can occur at any time, regardless of breast feeding status, although more commonly occurs during breast feeding. If there is associated discharge and it looks like anything other than milk, must see your doctor to assess. If area very painful, skin red, sore to touch, may have developed abcess and this may need drainage. ...Read more
I wouldn't get a blocked milk duct now after stopping breast feeding 2 1/2 years ago, could i, what to do?
What could be the cause of a stopped up milk duct 24 years after breast feeding? I am a 44 year old female who hasn't breast fed in 14 years and had a hystorectomy about 8-10 years ago. Two days ago my right breast was extremely sore. Upon examination a m
It sounds like you may be dealing with an infection, and what looked like milk to you may have been pus. It is not uncommon for women to experience a nipple abscess at any age. I suggest you schedule a visit with your primary care provider. After a history an exam, a diagnosis can be made. If it is infectious, then appropriate antibiotics will be started.
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Worrisome: Becca, this can be a number of things. It can be inflamed milk ducts if you have been pregnant or have breastfed in the last year. Infection can cause this, as can lymphedema (blocked lymph glands causing fluid to build up). A blood clot in a vein in your chest or arm can cause this. Last, certain breast cancers appear like this, so please see a doctor as soon as possible! ...Read more
I used a hot compress on my breast to help block milk ducts. (Breast feeding) now my breast are very tender and painful. Why & what do I do now?
Mastitis: You need to get in touch with your OB and let them know. It is not uncommon with breast feeding women to get blocked milk ducts - this can be very tender. If a secondary infection occurs due to the blocked ducts, this is called mastitis and may require antibiotics to treat. Don't delay, call your doctor and let them know what's going on.(There will be somebody on-call for them if it's after hours) ...Read more
Stopped breast feeding; been 4 days.Have clogged ducts. Using cabbage leaves.Can i massage the clogged ducts? Will it stimulate more milk production?
Go see the familydoc: You need to be evaluated by a doctor to see if you are developing an infection in the breasts. Duct ectasia can feel like a small lump just under your nipple. The nipple and areola may become tender and irritated, and turn pink or red. You will see thick, sticky discharge from your nipple. This discharge is benign, and can be black, grey or greenish in color. You may need an ultrasound. ...Read more
If I use a cabbage leaf of my breast to help with milk ducts and tenderness, would I still be able to maintain breast feeding my 2 month old?
Yes, but: Make sure you wash the leaves well first. There has been a clinical study that shows that cabbage leaves can reduce breast engorgement and tenderness in nursing mothers. See this reliable report at the trustworthy Cochrane Reviews website: http://www.update-software.com/BCP/WileyPDF/EN/CD007239.pdf ...Read more
See below: The milk duct becomes swollen and milk can't pass. You can still breast feed however. ...Read more
Few days: If you are breast feeding and you have experienced lumpy tender breast/breasts as you are learning to breast feed, you may have mild engorgement. If you have pain and fever call your OB about need for medication. If no fever, try pumping breasts for 3-5 minutes before breast feeding to get milk flowing and unclog ducts. Usually 2 or 3 days of this before feeds will resolve problem. ...Read more
Could be: If you have pain, swelling, redness or a new lump, always consult your gyn or primary care doctor. This could be a clogged duct, and may lead to infection. Your doctor can advise you. ...Read more
See your MD: Any breast mass or breast pain must be evaluated by your md. Don't presume that a breast mass or breast pain is a blocked milk duct. It is unlikely you are nursing at age 48 but not impossible. You need a mammogram and ultrasound of the breast and examination by your healthcare provider for any complaint of breast pain, especially becasue it is only in one breast. Please don't delay ! ...Read more
Clogged duct: Take a warm shower, then massage breast where clog is toward the nipple. Continue to nurse. If possible try to rotate baby's position so the nose is toward the clog. Call your doctor if fever. If getting them often, avoid tight or underwire bra and don't skip feeds. If pumping and getting often, increase the diameter of the phalange. It can take a couple days to get clog out. ...Read more
Feel lumps in breasts close to nipples. Not rock hard, but also not squishy. They seem to move a bit. I'm breastfeeding and dr says it's milk ducts?
Probably!: Lumps and bumps during breastfeeding are very common, and most often a result of clogged ducts. Regular breast feeding, or pumping, with the help of warm compresses are the best ways to help prevent and treat these clogged ducts. However, any lump that doesn't improve in 72 hours, redness, fevers, or intense pain should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my left breast. it also itches something fierce. could it be a clogged milk duct or maybe an infection of some kind?
Breastfeeding?: It sounds as if you are breastfeeding? If so a clogged duct can present as a tender red area of the breast. The itchiness also concerns me for a yeast infection, especially if the nipple is involved. Try a warm compress on any red area tonight, be sure the baby is draining the area by compressing the milk ducts in that area. See your physician if this is not better in 24 hours, may need yeast rx ...Read more
I found a lump in my breast and had a sonogram done on it. Dr said swollen milk duct. It hurts every once in a while. Could it be something else?
I have a lump in my breast that my obgyn said could possibly be a clogged milk duct but I've done everything possible to unclog it and it's still ther?
Get is checked furth: Further check up is advised. You may benefit from a second opinion. How large is this lump and for how long have you had it? If it is growing in size, then it needs to be further evaluated to make sure that it is not cancerous(uncommon in your age group, but not impossible). A Mammogram may be useful to further define its nature and monitor its size over the next 6 months to one year. ...Read more
I'm 20 y/o f, I was wondering how my breast are supposed to feel? I do regular self exams. I feel a knot or is it like the milk duct things
Most experts do NOT:
recommend breast self exams particularly at your age. Virtually no one age 20 has breast cancer, but everyone feels lumps. Unless you have several close relatives with breast or ovarian cancer (indicating familial breast cancer risk) I would not do BSE. Consider mammogram at age 40 - expect guidelines may change before you get to be that old...
http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org ...Read more
I have alump in my breast and been told it could be a caricoma am 45 and been off Premarin for 3years now and was taking it for 5 and now my milk duct is eroding and the dotors and radiologists don't know what it is can you give me an amswer.?
See a breast surgeon: If there is a lump, it needs to be resolved. This may require a biopsy (preferably a needle/core). If your current provider(s) can't give you an answer, seek a second opinion. ...Read more
If you had ductal cancer while breast feeding, wouldn't you get mastitis since the duct is blocked by the tumor?
I have a white spot in the center of my nipple. I am breast feeding. Is this clogged duct? Best way to get rid of? How long til it will go away?
Tricky: dermatologic conditions are hard to discuss without seeing them. Depending on the size and other deformities, there might be a whitehead (mild infection needing antibiotics) or nothing much wrong at all. ...Read more
I having pain and yellowish nipple discharge from one duct right breast. Mainly on pressure applied, on night clothes. Not breast feeding. Scared!?
Please do not panic: Yellow discharge is normal for many women. If the discharge becomes red/bloody or brown, then see your doctor immediately. It is important to do breast self exam monthly. If there is anything that feels different, then see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more
Mom can eat:
Nursing mothers need to eat a balance diet with plenty of fluids, if the baby is fussy and colicky, has rash or constant congestion, than you avoid certain foods and beverages
too much caffeine
spices(cinnamen, garlic, curry, chilli pepper)
cherries and prunes
but i must say most moms can consume all these in moderation without ill effect. ...Read more
No: There are no proven instances of a mother transmitting cancer to her baby through breast feeding, even if she has breast cancer. Though breast feeding would not be advisable in someone with breast cancer. ...Read more
What are the cons of exclusively pumping breast milk and feeding baby using bottle versus breast feeding?
Efficency: It's more efficient to breast feed than to pump & then bottle feed. You also avoid any risk of less than perfectly sterile bottles causing the milk to carry an infection. In addition, baby's nursing tends to trigger you to produce more milk than pumping. That said, having breast fed both my kids, pumping when i was away & nursing when i was with baby was a very effective compromise. ...Read more
I gave birth to my son 12 days ago, how long will it take for the breast milk to dry up? I'm not breast feeding.
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