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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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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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What could cause a lump in my breast after breast feeding a few times after giving birth.?

What could cause a lump in my breast after breast feeding a few times after giving birth.?

Lactiferous duct: A blocked or infalammed kactiferous dut can cause a tender breast lump or cyst. The lactiferous ducts carry the milk from the mamary gland to the sinuses behind the areola. Picture a tree where the roots are the sinuses and openings in the nipple and the branches and leaves are the mammary glands and lactiferous ducts. ...Read more

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I have big lumps in underarms since 10years.gets filled with milk on first days of breast feeding.stil have those lumps.have 5 kids.33years old.

I have big lumps in underarms since 10years.gets filled with milk on first days of breast feeding.stil have those lumps.have 5 kids.33years old.

Breast Tissue: Your breast tissue , the tail of your breast is located in your axilla. This is likely what you are feeling, especially since it fills with milk while breast feeding. It would be a good idea to visit your doctor and make sure everything is normal as you describe it as "big lumps". ...Read more

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I stopped breast feeding about a month ago and now have little lumps around my left nipple that hurt. Is this normal?

I stopped breast feeding about a month ago and now have little lumps around my left nipple that hurt. Is this normal?

See doctor: Breast feeding usually does not cause any problem ,little lumps appeared on only left nipple after a month of stopping breast feeding .These painful lumps may be due to some infection . Consult your doctor ,get it checked up and get treated ...Read more

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I have small lumpy breasts after breast feeding 6yrs ago. How will i tell a cancer lump from the lumps i normally have in my breasts?

I have small lumpy breasts after breast feeding 6yrs ago. How will i tell a cancer lump from the lumps i normally have in my breasts?

Hx, PE, imaging, Bx: Fist 6 years of stable "lumps" likely suggests non-cancer. A physical examination can help, but is not definitive. Worrisome signs include a firm, fixed mass, large masses, lymph edema of the breast (looks like orange peel). Imaging with mammogram or other tests like ultrasound or MRI may help. Biopsy is the definitive test, but not everyone needs an invasive procedure. ...Read more

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I've noticed a small lump in my breast today, does it have anything to do with breast feeding????

I've noticed a small lump in my breast today, does it have anything to do with breast feeding????

PROBABLY DOES: Many changes occur in a woman's breast with breast feeding. If there is some tenderness it could be a clogged milk duct depending on location. Careful observation is probably the best policy and warm compresses and massaging is another option If there is sudden increase in swelling, tenderness, or fever it could indicate a breast infection and you should contact your OB-GYN immediately ...Read more

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My aunt is 45 and she is breast feeding. She started to feel a pain in her right breast and there is a lump there. What can it be?

My aunt is 45 and she is breast feeding. She started to feel a pain in her right breast and there is a lump there. What can it be?

See the doctor...: In a breastfeeding woman with a painful lump, i would look for mastitis (breast infection) - women can get ill quite fast, with a high fever. It might be a blocked milk duct. But my real concern is that any lump in the breast could be a cancer. Please encourage her to see her doctor about this. An examination - and perhaps an ultrasound - would be very reasonable here. Good luck. Lgromko. ...Read more

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My breast feeding wife noticed an oblong shaped lump in her breast about 6 months ago which later disappear but reappear 3 weeks ago.Do we wait or ?

My breast feeding wife noticed an oblong shaped lump in her breast about 6 months ago which later disappear but reappear 3 weeks ago.Do we wait or ?

OK to watch: If she is continuing to lactate, the previously blocked milk duct was likely the cause of the lump, which resolved as this one should. Sometimes moist heat, with continued feeding on the side of the "milk cyst" should help it to go down. If she develops redness, fever, or increasing tenderness, then infection has to be considered; antibiotics will be indicated. ...Read more

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Can you please help soft swollen lump in my left armpit during early breast feeding. What is going on?

Plugged duct: You may have a plugged milk duct in the upper outer part of your left breast that has caused some inflammation. The lump could be the actual plugged duct or a swollen lymph node in response to the irritation. Try warm showers, frequent breast feeding and breast massage. Seek medical care if fever, increase pain, chills or feeling ill. ...Read more

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Recently stopped breast feeding my 19 month old. Now under my nipple is a very painful, hard lump. Very scared and in quite a bit of pain.

Recently stopped breast feeding my 19 month old. Now under my nipple is a very painful, hard lump. Very scared and in quite a bit of pain.

Mastitis: Mastitis is inflammation of the breast tissue/mammary ducts due to milk stasis or bacterial infection. Moist warm compresses and anti-inflammatory medication may help alleviate the discomfort. You need to visit your doc to see if antibiotics are also required. ...Read more

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After breast feeding stopped i develop lump in breast reason and treatment?

May be: A galactocele from a blocked milk duct causing a milk cyst to form. Try local heat & contact your doctors to identify what this may be. ...Read more

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I have a painful lymphnode in my armpit. I am a breast feeding mom. I had that lump 4 months ago and needed antibiotics. What's the problem with me?

I have a painful lymphnode in my armpit. I am a breast feeding mom. I had that lump 4 months ago and needed antibiotics. What's the problem with me?

Lymphadenopathy: Cannot tell what is wrong without an exam and full history, but it is possible that the enlarged node in your armpit is due to infection that is recurrent. This should be seen and examined by a physician who has the entire history and the capacity to examine you and perhaps do further testing. Good luck. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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What could be the cause of pain with breast feeding?

What could be the cause of pain with breast feeding?

Painful breastfeed: Two causes come to mind - poor latch and infection. If your baby is sucking solely on your nipples, this will cause nipple irritation and pain and baby is not getting any milk. This situation can lead to distention of the milk ducts causing breast pain and possible secondary infection. Make sure your nipple is past behind the baby's gums so that the sucking is on the areola where the milk sinuses. ...Read more

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What could cause an abscess on the breast if you're not breast feeding?

What could cause an abscess on the breast if you're not breast feeding?

Many possibilities: Breaks in skin, however minor, can cause infection in that area. Sometimes it may be the result of blocked ducts, but rarely this is a manifestation of infection elsewhere extending through the bloodstream. If an echocardiogram has been ordered, your doctor is thinking systemic disease spreading. Endocarditis (heart valve infection) is where they are going. Follow up assiduously and get better. ...Read more

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