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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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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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3rd time since giving birth a painful lump inside my armpit not breastfeeding can't flex or lift arm?

3rd time since giving birth a painful lump inside my armpit not breastfeeding can't flex or lift arm?

Painful lump: Probably an inflamed lymph node and may be infected so seek care

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Breastfeeding 3 month old. 30 lbs overweight. Felt arm pit side and noticed very glandular tissue, almost like tiny fat lobules on side of armpit into my armpit. Doesn't feel like one lump but rather all kind of soft/lumpy there. Is this fat tissue?

Breastfeeding 3 month old. 30 lbs overweight. Felt arm pit side and noticed very glandular tissue, almost like tiny fat lobules on side of armpit into my armpit. Doesn't feel like one lump but rather all kind of soft/lumpy there. Is this fat tissue?

Breast tissue: Any new lumps, masses or skin changes in the breast should always be evaluated by your doctor. During breast feeding it is common for the breast tissue in the axilla (arm pit) to expand. This can be very normal. Have your doctor do an exam to confirm.

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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.

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Is fat under my armpit from stopped breastfeeding?

Is fat under my armpit from stopped breastfeeding?

Possibly: 'fat' is not from breastfeeding butwhat feels like fat may be accessory breast tissue in that area which only became apparent after breastfeeding.

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Is it normal to feel the pressure of a baby breastfeeding umder ur armpit?

Is it normal to feel the pressure of a baby breastfeeding umder ur armpit?

Breastfeeding: I am not certain I understand your question well. However, some breast tissue occasionally extend to the are of the axilla (underarm) and I think the pressure you are referring to must be coming from that area. If my advice does not answer your question, please rephrase it and send it again.

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I've been breastfeeding for about 2 months. Recently I've experienced armpit itching during feedings. What can be causing this & how do I fix it?

I've been breastfeeding for about 2 months. Recently I've experienced armpit itching during feedings. What can be causing this & how do I fix it?

Several things: These are symptoms that require a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after obtaining this informstion, can he/she adequately diagnose and treat you.

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When I was breastfeeding my son 2 weeks ago under my left armpit started to hurt as he was trying to suckle. Could it be cancer?

When I was breastfeeding my son 2 weeks ago under my left armpit started to hurt as he was trying to suckle. Could it be cancer?

Unlikely.: This is more likely to be from infection/irritation of your breast from nursing/feeding. There are lymphatic ducts that lead to the armpit from the breast/nipple area. If the breast does not get better with warm wet cloth massage, see your doctor.

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I'm a 23 year-old female with a painful hard vein in my armpit. Why could this be and what can I do about it? Could this have to do with breastfeeding even though the painful vein is a good distance from the breasts?

I'm a 23 year-old female with a painful hard vein in my armpit. Why could this be and what can I do about it? Could this have to do with breastfeeding even though the painful vein is a good distance from the breasts?

In: In a patient who is actively breast feading a palpable lump or cord can be indicative of a clogged duct. This condition is treatable by your physician or lactation consultant. However, if there is an identifiable "vein", your assessment may be correct. Regardless, you should report this to your primary doctor or your ob/gyn physician. Depending on their assessment, an ultrasound can be very helpful to futher evaluate whether it is a vascular issue or breast duct issue.

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Trying to dry up milk. Not breastfeeding. Developed clogged duct under armpit. How to treat without expressing milk? 10 days post partum.

Trying to dry up milk. Not breastfeeding. Developed clogged duct under armpit. How to treat without expressing milk? 10 days post partum.

Compress & massages: Try warm compresses and massaging the local area to unclog the duct. It may be difficult to treat without expressing milk,

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Hello dr during my 1 pregnancy I noticed swelling in my armpit my baby is taking breast feed and now I noticed swelling is decrease then before I feel?

Hello dr during my 1 pregnancy I noticed swelling in my armpit my baby is taking breast feed and now I noticed swelling is decrease then before I feel?

Unclear question...: However, if a woman has swelling in her armpit area each time she has a baby and breastfeeds, she might have some extra breast tissue (milk-producing glands) in the armpit area. Her primary care doctor or her Ob-Gyn doctor can evaluate to see if that is the case.

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I am breastfeeding an almost six month old and she is sick so not feeding as much as usual I have pain and lumps in one breast and armpit what do I do to relieve pain and prevent it from worsening?

I am breastfeeding an almost six month old and she is sick so not feeding as much as usual I have pain and lumps in one breast and armpit what do I do to relieve pain and prevent it from worsening?

Mastitis vs cancer: Doubt cancer at your age but mastitits from cracks in nipples or from babies mouth bacteria getting in or blocked milk glands from not putting babies mouth on whole areola and sucking from the darker ring around nipple and not just nipple, but keep breast feeding to unblock the glands for milk, warm wet compresses may help, tylenol, and antibiotics liek amox or keflex can help besides emptying

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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

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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.

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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.