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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?

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

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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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Stopped breast feeding; been 4 days. Have clogged ducts. Using cabbage leaves. Can I massage the clogged ducts? Will it stimulate more milk production?

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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

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Two years ago I had clogged ducts along with the breast being a full cup larger. Was not pregnant nor breast feeding. Its happening again. What is it?

Two years ago I had clogged ducts along with the breast being a full cup larger. Was not pregnant nor breast feeding. Its happening again. What is it?

Duct ectasia: Duct ectasia of the breast or (mammary duct ectasia) is a condition in which the lactiferous duct becomes blocked or clogged. Mammary duct ectasia can mimic breast cancer. It is a disorder of peri- or post-menopausal age. It can cause pain and enlargement of the breast however it is usually sell limited and not an indication for surgery. It is not considered precancerous or cancerous. It is extremely important that you follow up with your regular physician for a clinical breast examination, ultrasound, and mammogram if indicated. ...Read more

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6 mos pp & breastfeeding. 3 days mild aches, right breast tender underneath, increased urge incontinence but no pain. Clogged duct/irritated bladder?

6 mos pp & breastfeeding. 3 days mild aches, right breast tender underneath, increased urge incontinence but no pain. Clogged duct/irritated bladder?

2 symptoms unrelated: Breast tenderness might be an early sign of local infection. If it continues, seeing a md/nurse might be wise urgency if accompanied by frequency, low volumes and getting up often at night might be due to a bladder infection. A urine test will confirm or deny. ...Read more

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Can I have a blocked milk duct 2 1/2 years after stopping breast feeding?

Can I have a blocked milk duct 2 1/2 years after stopping breast feeding?

Yes.: 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:
<a href="http://www. Breastfeedinginc. Ca/content. Php? Pagename=doc-BD-M" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www. Breastfeedinginc. Ca/content. Php? Pagename=doc-BD-M</a> ...Read more

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Could I get a blocked milk duct now after stopping breast feeding 2 1/2 years ago?

Could I get a blocked milk duct now after stopping breast feeding 2 1/2 years ago?

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

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I wouldn't get a blocked milk duct now after stopping breast feeding 2 1/2 years ago, could i, what to do?

I wouldn't get a blocked milk duct now after stopping breast feeding 2 1/2 years ago, could i, what to do?

Yes.: 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:
http://www. Breastfeedinginc. Ca/content. Php? Pagename=doc-BD-M ...Read more

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What causes inflammed milk ducts; not breast feeding ; lumps in chest and r/breast.?

What causes inflammed milk ducts; not breast feeding ; lumps in chest and r/breast.?

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

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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?

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

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If you had ductal cancer while breast feeding, wouldn't you get mastitis since the duct is blocked by the tumor?

If you had ductal cancer while breast feeding, wouldn't you get mastitis since the duct is blocked by the tumor?

Not necessarily: It is certainly a possibility but not a certainty. Mastitis is caused by infection, so bacteria would have to somehow get past the blockage to cause the mastitis. ...Read more

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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

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: 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.
Good luck. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I having pain and yellowish nipple discharge from one duct right breast. Mainly on pressure applied, on night clothes. Not breast feeding. Scared!?

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

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I'm breast feeding and I think I may have a clogged milkduct there is a hard painful spot that feels engorged and won't go away at all what can I do?

I'm breast feeding and I think I may have a clogged milkduct there is a hard painful spot that feels engorged and won't go away at all what can I do?

Hot compresses: Try applying hot compresses to your breast for20-30 minutes several times a day. If that doesn't work, consult your physician. ...Read more

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What is clogged milk duct and can I still breast feed?

What is clogged milk duct and can I still breast feed?

See below: The milk duct becomes swollen and milk can't pass. You can still breast feed however. ...Read more

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How do you. Tell if the milk. Ducts on a womans breast are clogged?

Difficult: It is impossible to guarantee that a breast mass is definitely due to a clogged milk duct. Any breast mass must be evaluated by your physician. An ultrasound of the breast may assist in making the diagnosis. A clogged milk duct may lead to mastitis or a breast abscess so please see your md asap. ...Read more

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How long does asymmetric breasts associated with clogged milk duct last?

How long does asymmetric breasts associated with clogged milk duct last?

Mastitis or Mondor's: This could be due to a variety of causes which I would discuss with your lactation consultant it gynecologist. Antibiotics and warm compresses may help to alleviate infection or congestion. ...Read more

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Can I massage my breast to help loosen a clogged milk duct?

Can I massage my breast to help loosen a clogged milk duct?

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

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What to do if I breastfeed and lately a duct in my left breast keeps getting clogged?

What to do if I breastfeed and lately a duct in my left breast keeps getting clogged?

Pressure/position: Sometimes a particular area gets clogged because we put pressure on it, for instance, straps from baby front carriers can do this for some sensitive women. Also, the way we hold baby to nurse them sometimes either doesn't drain one duct well or puts pressure. Make sure you are not pushing on the breast in that area with your hand or a tight piece of clothing. ...Read more

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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

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How long does breast lumpiness associated with clogged milk duct last?

How long does breast lumpiness associated with clogged milk duct last?

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

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If my breast has a painful lump, and i’m nursing, is it a clogged milk duct?

If my breast has a painful lump, and i’m nursing, is it a clogged milk duct?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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How to gain weight whilst breast feeding?

How to gain weight whilst breast feeding?

Weight/Breastfeeding: While you are breastfeeding and you feel like you need to gain weight, do it by adding healthy calories to your meals. It's a good time to evaluate your diet for the health of you and your baby anyway. Add healthy calories like low fat greek yogurt, sweet potatoes, avocados, fruits, and low fat or nonfat milk. Remember to know your family medical history and still exercise and eat healthy while bf ...Read more

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Is taking ensure while breast feeding safe?

Is taking ensure while breast feeding safe?

Absolutely: It is an excellent source of additional nutrition that is needed to provide optimal milk for your child. Enjoy! ...Read more

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Are diurex pills safe while breast feeding?

Probably Not: Please check with your doctor. Make sure you know the answer before experimenting with your child. ...Read more

Duct (Definition)

Is a channel leading from a gland or an organ, for example lactiferous duct leads from mammary gland to ...Read more