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What medicines can help relieve breast pain while breastfeeding?

What medicines can help relieve breast pain while breastfeeding?

To med or not to med: You may not always need to resort to medications when having pain while breast feeding. If it's deep in the breast pain, massage and warm compresses may help. If engorgement pain, cool compresses and tight bra. If it's nipple pain, lanolin or coconut milk massaged into the nipples. If actually need med, acetominophen (tylenol) is the preffered for you and baby. And make dad do housework! ...Read more

Breast Pain (Definition)

Breast pain is common. It is typically experienced during the menstrual period. Pain can range from mild tenderness, burning, dull ache, sharp or stabbing. It can be experienced in 1 or both breasts. Fibrocystic changes is the most common cause of breast pain. Hormonal medications (birth control, hormones) can cause pain as well. Infection ...Read more


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One sided breast pain on and off for weeks. Have been breastfeeding for 10 months. Is this related?

One sided breast pain on and off for weeks. Have been breastfeeding for 10 months. Is this related?

Position the baby: This could be completely hormonal and you are having some strange one-sided breast reaction to this normal process. It could be, however, that your baby is not completely emptying a quadrant of the painful breast for some reason and that is causing the pain. Experiment with "foot-balling" or positioning your baby so the tongue empties all quadrants equally. This could just be techique or bad luck. ...Read more

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I am a breastfeeding mum. I noticed in one side of a breast pain like bruise pain. What can be?

I am a breastfeeding mum. I noticed in one side of a breast pain like bruise pain. What can be?

Plugged Ducts: You may have a plugged milk duct problem. Be sure and alternate your positioning as you breastfeed the baby to be sure that all portions of the breast are being adequately " drained " as the baby feeds. The "cross cradle" hold does a good job of emptying these outside ducts. Try a warm compress also several times daily. Congrats for breastfeeding your baby! Bravo! ...Read more

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Breastfeeding and have stabbing breast pain on right breast and shoulder causing difficult when lying down?

Breastfeeding and have stabbing breast pain on right breast and shoulder causing difficult when lying down?

Mastitis: This might be an early sign of a breast infection called mastitis, which is not uncommon. Call your ob/gyn and see if they think that you should be seen and / or treated. ...Read more

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What could cause breast pain in a lady of 37 years of age occasionally without a lump and without breastfeeding?

What could cause breast pain in a lady of 37 years of age occasionally without a lump and without breastfeeding?

Fibrocystic changes: Although you are not having a menstrual period, you are experiencing fibrocystic changes (especially if this occurs in both breasts). This is common. The pain can be aggravated by caffeine intake, hormone intake and stress. Decreasing all of these can help relieve the pain. Make sure you have had a mammogram and the results are negative. Become familiar with breast changes with breast self exam. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about reoccurring breast pain and burning sensation. Right breast only. Not constant. Not breast feeding.

Should I be worried about reoccurring breast pain and burning sensation. Right breast only. Not constant. Not breast feeding.

Could be infection: You could have an infection in the duct. Dandelion and raw cabbage leaves topically if you've got an infection are excellent. You did not specify where in the breast so it's hard to advise. ...Read more

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How long do your breasts hurt before your period?

How long do your breasts hurt before your period?

Varies: This can last anywhere from 2-7 days. Everyone is different and some do not experience pain at all. ...Read more

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How long will it take for breasts to dry up after I stop breastfeeding?

How long will it take for breasts to dry up after I stop breastfeeding?

Depends: Some women will dry up after a week, some a month, some still leak drops of milk months later. It is all individual. Be prepared for engorgement discomfort when you stop. Binding the breasts with a tight bra, ace wraps, and sometimes cold cabbage leaves have been known to help. Resist the temptation to pump, as this only tells your body to make replacement milk. ...Read more

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My breasts have engorged again and it really hurts. How do you stop breastfeeding?

My breasts have engorged again and it really hurts. How do you stop breastfeeding?

You pick: You can drop one feeding every couple days (formula instead) until off. You can allow 2-3 min/side each feed (follow with formula).This signals your body to slow production. You can cold turkey= bind your chest with ace wrap/pre-pregnancy bra and tough it out for a few days. Each of these 3 ways has pro's/cons, in the end only youcan decide what would work for you. ...Read more

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I am forty five years old and have had breast pain for so long I can't remember when they didn't hurt to touch. Is this bad?

I am forty five years old and have had breast pain for so long I can't remember when they didn't hurt to touch. Is this bad?

Potentially: Though breast pain may be related to hormone changes, breast pain may also be a sign of a serious problem. I would strongly recommend mentioning this to your doctor as soon as you can so they can obtain a complete history and physical--with additional tests if needed. ...Read more

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My period is a week early and was heavy to begin with, however what concerns me is that is has lasted longer than my other periods and my breasts hurt, is this an early stage of pregnancy?

My period is a week early and was heavy to begin with, however what concerns me is that is has lasted longer than my other periods and my breasts hurt, is this an early stage of pregnancy?

Probably not, but...: It can be hard to tell if a woman is pregnant because some of the symptoms seen in early pregnancy can also happen in non-pregnant women. A urine pregnancy test gives a reliable result if done correctly. One can test about 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a period. Urine tests are very accurate. ...Read more

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I was given Lincomycin & Metronidazole at birth (surgery to stop bleed) and was told its ok to breast feed afterwards? Long term side effects on bub?

I was given Lincomycin & Metronidazole at birth (surgery to stop bleed) and was told its ok to breast feed afterwards? Long term side effects on bub?

None: Don't worry, both are safe with breastfeeding, good that you asked, always ask while breastfeeding about effects of drugs you take on your breastfed baby, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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Will breast become balanced after stopping breastfeeding?

Not likely: If by balanced you mean even, then not likely. Stopping breast feeding will make both decrease in size but there is no reason to expect them to change in relation to each other. Breasts aren't even to start and breast feeding won't change that. ...Read more

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Small breast after stopping breastfeeding? What to do? Thanks

Small breast after stopping breastfeeding? What to do? Thanks

Not that much to do: Unfortunately, pregnancy can increase the size of the breasts as they engorge with milk production. Once breast feeding stops, the breasts will return and then look smaller of course when you were used to them being bigger. You are usually stuck with what god gave you. Short of that, breast implants are the best option. ...Read more

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I was wondering are lumpy breasts a normal part of stopping breastfeeding?

Probably: Give it a few months of normal cycles, if persists, get checked by your board certified gyn. ...Read more

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Hi, breastfeeding my babies two times without stopping now when I stopped I have very small breast please tell me what I do to enlarge my breast safely?

Hi, breastfeeding my babies two times without stopping now when I stopped I have very small breast please tell me what I do to enlarge my breast safely?

Do you have twins?: If breast feeding the babies caused your breasts to become smaller, it probably means that the initial engorgement has been relieved. Since this is a physiologic process, your breasts should fill up naturally given the time, you should continue to eat and rest well and keep babies to suckle regularly. ...Read more

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Dr said it takes 3 months for breast tissue to go back to normal after stopping breastfeeding which is why I have to wait for mammogram. True?

Dr said it takes 3 months for breast tissue to go back to normal after stopping breastfeeding which is why I have to wait for mammogram. True?

True: This is true but if you have an abnormal lump, the an ultrasound can be done. At 25 (if this is your real age), you should not need a mammogram unless you are high risk. ...Read more

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I have had a painful shooting pain in my right breast. I'm currently breastfeeding but now I'm thinking of stopping because it is getting unbearable?

Please don't: Please don't stop breast feeding. It is the absolute best for your baby. Talk to your gynecologist about pain to see if you have a clogged lactating duct or even an infection. In most cases the pain can be relieved with warm pads applied to your breast and with gentle massage. ...Read more

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Why do my breasts hurt in the morning all the time?

Why do my breasts hurt in the morning all the time?

Are your breasts: Particularly large or heavy? Some women (especially those with larger breasts or who are pregnant) sleep in a bra for comfort. It is recommended that a bra worn for sleep have a soft cup without underwire or metal clasps. A shelf or cross-over design is also recommended. ...Read more

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My breasts hurt. In teen years now. Is that normal?

Very common: Breast tenderness is common in women and especially girls going through breast development. There are times during the menstrual cycle when breasts may be particularly sensitive. ...Read more

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Why do breasts hurt even after you have had a hysterectomy?

Why do breasts hurt even after you have had a hysterectomy?

Still have hormones: Hysterectomy just takes the uterus out - not the ovaries which produce the hormones. Usually breast tenderness is caused by hormonal changes which occur around the time of ovulation and just before the period comes. ...Read more

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How fast after conceiving do your breasts hurt?

How fast after conceiving do your breasts hurt?

Can I be pregnant?: About the same time the period is missed. Ten to fourteen days after conception. ...Read more

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Will my breasts always be uneven after I stop breastfeeding?

Will my breasts always be uneven after I stop breastfeeding?

Yes: This is a very common and important concern. The short answer is yes, but the long answer is that the degree of "un-evenness" is minimal. It is common for most women to have a slight difference in size and shape of their breasts. Breastfeeding does stimulate changes in size and as the infant is weaned that size difference may be accentuated. This difference, becomes minutes as the months pass. ...Read more

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Will my breasts continue to remain large as long as I am breastfeeding?

Will my breasts continue to remain large as long as I am breastfeeding?

Yes: While your body is continuing to act as the main food source for your baby, expect your breasts to remain increased in size. They will reduce in size once you have stopped the breastfeeding process. ...Read more

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What can I do if my breasts hurt and I am a virgin, so I can't be pregnant, can i?

What can I do if my breasts hurt and I am a virgin, so I can't be pregnant, can i?

No: If there has never been sperm in your vagina (through vaginal intercourse or penetration with fingers that have semen on them) then you can not become pregnant. Some women have painful breasts just prior to their period. ...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