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Doctor insights on: Breastfeeding Pain Under Arm

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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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I finished breastfeeding 4 months ago. Now, I have a pain under my left armpit/breast area and my left arm from my elbow to pinky finger keeps going numb. What should I do?

I finished breastfeeding 4 months ago. Now, I have a pain under my left armpit/breast area and my left arm from my elbow to pinky finger keeps going numb. What should I do?

Nerve pressure: The effects from breast feeding should have cleared by now. While pain in the breast is not an ominous sign it is still worth checking out. The numbness in the left arm is probably not related as that sounds like pressure on the "funny bone" nerve but that should also be investigated further. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding and my right breast is in a lot of pain. I can't touch it nor barely move my right arm. What's wrong with it?

I am breastfeeding and my right breast is in a lot of pain. I can't touch it nor barely move my right arm. What's wrong with it?

Breast engorgement: While most breastfeeding mothers experience some degree of engorgement of their breast during the early period, pl get a doctor or midwife to check your breast to rule out mastitis or abscess, which will have additional symptoms like redness and fever and would need antibiotics, besides cold compresses and anti-inflammatory meds.In the meantime, use a manual breast pump for the needed respite care ...Read more

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I have a lump in right arm pit and havea bit of trouble breastfeeding on that side, plugged duct, and soreness. Could the lump be related?

I have a lump in right arm pit and havea bit of trouble breastfeeding on that side, plugged duct, and soreness. Could the lump be related?

Yes : A plugged duct can be the trigger for mastitis which is an infectious process. It can start slow but can progress to fever and general symptoms almost like the flu, in addition to breast soreness and redness. The armpit is full of lymph nodes which will swell if there is an infection. Mastitis requires antibiotic treatment. An exam can determine if that is developing and if the two are related. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding my son and I have fallen asleep with his head resting on my arms. I wake up with arm hurting. Am I doing long term damage to arms?

I am breastfeeding my son and I have fallen asleep with his head resting on my arms. I wake up with arm hurting. Am I doing long term damage to arms?

Unlikely: unless you have some sort of pre-existing nerve damage, it would be highly unlikely for a baby's head just resting against your arms to cause any permanent damage. Think of it as your leg falling asleep. Some sort of compression lead your nerve to tell you that something is wrong, so that means you should not leave your baby's head there for too long, but your body is giving you a sign. ...Read more

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Im a 21 yr old female. 115lbs & 5ft8. Breastfeeding mom. I get an uncomfortable sleeping feeling in my right arm when I wake up. Should I be worried?

Im a 21 yr old female. 115lbs & 5ft8. Breastfeeding mom. I get an uncomfortable sleeping feeling in my right arm when I wake up. Should I be worried?

No.: If it's happened just a handful of times, only after you wake up in the morning, i wouldn't worry about it too much. We often sleep in weird positions at night which could cause the tingling/asleep feeling in your arm. If it becomes consistent throughout the day, then i'd see your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding n using arm implant as brith control I haven been cramping for the past days could I be pregnant or is it a side effect from the implant?

Breastfeeding n using arm implant as brith control I haven been cramping for the past days could I be pregnant or is it a side effect from the implant?

Implants for bc: Implants are progesterone and this hormone can cause lack of periods or occasional periods. The birth control comes from its effect on the lining of the womb, making it inhospitable to a fertilized egg. However, occasional periods and therefore infrequent pregnancy can occur. Get a serum HCG pregnancy test to be certain. ...Read more

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