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Does nursing lead to breast lumps?

Does nursing lead to breast lumps?

Yes: Sometimes a nursing mother can have a galactocele, a milk-filled cyst in the mammary gland. This is benign and is caused by a protein plug that blocks off the milk duct. It is safe to breast feed your baby. It usually resolves when the baby is weaned. ...Read more

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Core biopsy of 6mm breast lump that look mildly suspicious on u/s came back as benign lactational changes. I am nursing my son. What does this mean?

Core biopsy of 6mm breast lump that look mildly suspicious on u/s came back as benign lactational changes. I am nursing my son. What does this mean?

If the radiologist: felt that the pathology result was "concordant" with the imaging appearance, ie benign lactional changes could produce the changes seen on imaging, no worries. ...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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My 34 yr old wife has a lump in her breast and has recently stopped nursing our 15 month old daughter. Could this be breast cancer?

My 34 yr old wife has a lump in her breast and has recently stopped nursing our 15 month old daughter. Could this be breast cancer?

Lump in Breast: This is not likely to be cancer given the more common blocked ducts or irritated ducts found in nursing mothers. But, it should not be ignored and her physician should be informed. If the lump hurts or is growing please make that visit with the doctor soon. ...Read more

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Breast distortion on u/s stable if not smaller after 3 months... Is this likely benign then? Still nursing my son.

Breast distortion on u/s stable if not smaller after 3 months... Is this likely benign then? Still nursing my son.

Keep checking: The fact that is was the same or smaller is always good. Plus you are young which is in your favor. Nursing caused swelling of your breasts and thus makes it more difficult to evaluate. A referral to a good breast center would be warranted. Dont let nursing stop whatever you need such as mammogram or mri, aspiration, biopsy to be done. ...Read more

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Can you lose breast tissue after nursing?

Can you lose breast tissue after nursing?

Breasts post nursing: A woman's breast becomes larger with nursing and will become relatively smaller after stopping nursing. The breast will likely be slight larger than before you nurses but similar size. ...Read more

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I stopped nursing 4 months ago. Is if safe to get a baseline mammogram now ? Would my breasts be more sensitive to the radiation ?

I stopped nursing 4 months ago. Is if safe to get a baseline mammogram now ? Would my breasts be more sensitive to the radiation ?

Yes: Mammograms are easier to read and interpret if there is more fat and less active tissue, so it's best to wait 6 months after stopping breast feeding. Also, breasts may still be more tender, and the procedure could be more uncomfortable if the milk glands were recently active. However, there is no increased risk to you (from the small amount of radiation) due to having recently nursed a baby. ...Read more

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My 11mo son prefers nursing from left breast& now my left breast is bigger than the right. Is this a permanent change? I only get engorged on left.

My 11mo son prefers nursing from left breast& now my left breast is bigger than the right. Is this a permanent change? I only get engorged on left.

Not likely: most women have one breast that gets fuller and is easier to feed from. While some women do have some breast asymmetry that gets more prominent with breast feeding, it will likely improve after breast feeding done. I sometimes see breast sizes over a cup size difference between left and right even before pregnancy. ...Read more