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Dr. James Lin Dr. Lin
Urology
47 years in practice
Kaohsiung Medical University
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I have a bug bite like little red bump on my breast. It does not itch and feels like a blister to touch. I am currently breastfeeding my 3 month old. Not mastitis. Could it be inflammatory breast cancer?

I have a bug bite like little red bump on my breast. It does not itch and feels like a blister to touch. I am currently breastfeeding my 3 month old. Not mastitis. Could it be inflammatory breast cancer?

Need more detail...: The surest thing to do is have doctor review a detailed history and examine the concerned area as soon as possible as described in articles listed in http://formefirst. Com/onDealSickness. Html. By what you described, your worry for inflammatory breast cancer is premature and unnecessary. But if indeed related to a recent insect bite with no allergy, it should spontaneously resolve in 3-7 days....

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Dr. Kenneth Smith Dr. Smith
Internal Medicine
28 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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Dr. Wesley Schooler Dr. Schooler
Surgery - Plastics
22 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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From research, mastitis is common when breastfeeding, I have all symptoms of mastitis but not breastfeeding, so is this from partner sucking breast?

From research, mastitis is common when breastfeeding, I have all symptoms of mastitis but not breastfeeding, so is this from partner sucking breast?

Other causes: Mastitis is common while breastfeeding, but there are other causes, and often unrelated to suckling on the nipple. There is also a severe form of breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer that can look just like mastitis, with redness and warmth and swelling of the breast skin. You should have your physician examine you.

Dr. Regina Hampton Dr. Hampton
Breast Surgery
19 years in practice
Drexel University College of Medicine
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How to dry breast milk I have mastitis and I decided to stop breastfeeding I need something to dry breast milk

How to dry breast milk I have mastitis and I decided to stop breastfeeding I need something to dry breast milk

Will stop: Once you stop breastfeeding, milk production will stop on its own. If you have mastitis, I recommend you pump to keep the ducts open and help clear the infection. Speak with your gynecologist or find a breast surgeon to help you.

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Dr. Michael Gabor Dr. Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
29 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Hi. I am breastfeeding. I had needle biopsy for 2 lumps in my breast. They were benign but after biopsy I had mastitis. Is this normal? Thank you

Hi. I am breastfeeding. I had needle biopsy for 2 lumps in my breast. They were benign but after biopsy I had mastitis. Is this normal? Thank you

There is a slight: Chance of infection following breast needle biopsies (and any procedure puncturing the skin), probably less than 1%. It is a known complication, it is not "normal", but unfortunately it occasionally occurs.

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Dr. Sunnie Skiles Dr. Skiles
Pediatrics
30 years in practice
UC Davis School of Medicine
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Breastfeeding my three day old. My breasts are very full and she does not fully empty them. Is that okay or will I develop mastitis?

Breastfeeding my three day old. My breasts are very full and she does not fully empty them. Is that okay or will I develop mastitis?

Breast feeding?: There is one major cause and that would be how well she is latching. If she is not on so that most of the arola is covered and just on the nipple itself, she will not get the milk out as she needs and you will get very sore. If you are so full she can't latch, try expressing some milk in advance to soften the area to make it easier for her to get on well. Lactation consult is a great help too.

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Dr. Katharine Cox Dr. Cox
Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine
41 years in practice
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I have two lumps, on in my armpit and one at the bottom of my left breast. I'm breastfeeding my 3m/o, no mastitis or problems while feeding.?

I have two lumps, on in my armpit and one at the bottom of my left breast. I'm breastfeeding my 3m/o, no mastitis or problems while feeding.?

Lumps: Difficult to know what these are. You need an assessment and an ultrasound soon. All the best.

Dr. Jalal Zuberi Dr. Zuberi
Pediatrics
41 years in practice
Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College
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I stopped breastfeeding for my 19 month old baby. Aftr 1 week its got normal. Then two breast are itching.

I stopped breastfeeding for my 19 month old baby. Aftr 1 week its got normal. Then two breast are itching.

Still going strong: Check your breast for any sign of yeast infection to cause itching around nipples, or mastitis with which you may have redness or tenderness also. Since after stopping breast feeding, your internal clock still needs a little time to send the signal to stop producing milk, you can expect to feel unease for a while.

Dr. Gerardo Guerra Bonilla Dr. Guerra Bonilla
Family Medicine
8 years in practice
University of Monterrey Faculty of Medicine
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I have dark discoloration under my breasts. No itching, peeling, or pain. I have small breasts and I am breastfeeding have been for almost 2 years.

I have dark discoloration under my breasts. No itching, peeling, or pain. I have small breasts and I am breastfeeding have been for almost 2 years.

Melasma: Melasma on the chest is not as frequent as in the face. The patches are usually symmetric and may have a "moth-eaten" appearance to their borders. Melasma due to pregnancy usually regresses within a year after delivery; however, areas of hyperpigmentation may never completely resolve.

Dr. Stephen Pappachen Dr. Pappachen
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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I've had a double breast infection for two weeks now. Keep breastfeeding?

I've had a double breast infection for two weeks now. Keep breastfeeding?

Yes: Make plans to be evaluated, concurrently. You may need antibiotics. In which case, your doctor will advise you how to proceed with breast feeding.

Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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I have a breast infection and its very painful. I want to keep breastfeeding. How can I do that?

I have a breast infection and its very painful. I want to keep breastfeeding. How can I do that?

Traubling problem: Formation of breast abscesses is a troubling problem, milk cysts (small collection of milk in the breast tissue will infected) some times may need antibiotics, and drainage of abscess, during this period may not able to feed. Warm compresses will help.

Dr. Obiageli Ezewuiro Dr. Ezewuiro
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
10 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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How long does a breast infection take to completely fade. I was diagnosed towards the end of breastfeeding. The infection was large initially.

How long does a breast infection take to completely fade. I was diagnosed towards the end of breastfeeding. The infection was large initially.

It depends: Breast feeding moms can developed mastitis from plugged milk duct. This can be treated with warm compresses and anti-inflammatory. However if it persists/developes abscess, antibiotics is usually prescribed. I am not sure exactly what you mean by breast infection. Call your doctor or present for in office physical to be checked out. There are cases of pregnancy associated breast cancer.

Dr. Lee Pederson Dr. Pederson
Surgery
23 years in practice
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
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Right breast pain, worse over the last few days, no breastfeeding, have had breast infection before, can I get another one? I'm 32, have had hysterectomy, could it be cancer?

Right breast pain, worse over the last few days, no breastfeeding, have had breast infection before, can I get another one? I'm 32, have had hysterectomy, could it be cancer?

Fairly common: Best option to start with OB or primary doc. Yes, you can get breast abscesses not related to breast feeding. Cysts are also very common. Many women can have perfectly normal mammogram/ultrasound and have pain. Should have those 2 tests, to make sure all is well. Cancer, though unlikely, is a possibility, and is usually detectable with those screening tests.

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Dr. Regina Hampton Dr. Hampton
Breast Surgery
19 years in practice
Drexel University College of Medicine
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Dr. J Storlazzi Dr. Storlazzi
General Practice
55 years in practice
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Dr. Nela Cordero Dr. Cordero
Pediatrics
50 years in practice
University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
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I just had a baby I cannot breastfeed, im using a binder but feel my breast swollen and in pain im afraid to get mastitis, what's the best thing to do?

I just had a baby I cannot breastfeed, im using a binder but feel my breast swollen and in pain im afraid to get mastitis, what's the best thing to do?

NO BREASTFEEDING: Why do you not want to do breastfeeding? Did your OB encourage you to do that? It is best for your baby even for a short time only. Use a breast pump to decongest the swelling and feed it to the baby. Your breast will dry out of milk if no breast feeding.

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Dr. Claudette Anderson Dr. Anderson
Gynecology
years in practice
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Will taking the mini pill effect me while I'm taking flucloxacillin for mastitis and I'm still breast feeding?

Will taking the mini pill effect me while I'm taking flucloxacillin for mastitis and I'm still breast feeding?

No: Sometimes taking a contraceptive with an oral contraceptive may decrease the effectiveness of the pill. However since you are still breast feeding thisay also provide some additive contraceptive effect

Dr. Julan Crane Dr. Crane
Pediatrics
21 years in practice
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I have a rash all over one of my breast, I breastfeed the baby has nothing and have no pain or anything else. Just itches! What could this be?

I have a rash all over one of my breast, I breastfeed the baby has nothing and have no pain or anything else. Just itches! What could this be?

Rash breastfeeding: Hard to know what the rash is with out seeing it. I would cover the rash while nursing and see your health care workers.

Dr. Regina Hampton Dr. Hampton
Breast Surgery
19 years in practice
Drexel University College of Medicine
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If there's a remaining mass in my breast because of mastitis and I got pregnant again is there a possibility that it will lose if I breastfeed again?

If there's a remaining mass in my breast because of mastitis and I got pregnant again is there a possibility that it will lose if I breastfeed again?

Get checked out: There are some masses that form during breastfeeding that often resolve when milk production ends. I highly recommend that you get evaluated by a breast specialist. The mass should be evaluated fully. If it persists, then you may need a biopsy.

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