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Lump Breast Feeding
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I found a lump in the bottom portion of my right breast, I am breast feeding should I get checked for cancer?
See your doc: You should see your friendly primary care physician and have that mass evaluated. ...Read more
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
I had baby 5 days ago and i'm breast feeding. I noticed on day 3 when my milk came in huge lumps under my armpits. What could be the cause ?
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
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.
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
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
I have two lumps, on in my armpit and one at the bottom of my left breast. I'm breastfeeding my 3m/o, no mastitis or problems while feeding. ?
Lumps: Difficult to know what these are. You need an assessment and an ultrasound soon. All the best. ...Read more
Can bump on my right breast disappear during breast feeding? I have done usg and my doctor said it was lymph node
A balanced diet: Be sure to consume enough fluids that you end up peeing at least 4x daily. Eat a balanced diet and avoid things that you find irritate baby.Things that make you gassy will likely do the same for baby.Avoid experimenting with spicy or hot foods and please don't try to restrict your calories. If you eat your pre-pregnancy needs some weight will come off naturally with breast feeding. ...Read more
No RAW meat/fish: Besides raw meat/fish (n minimize processed meats/cold-cuts), you should be eating a healthy, well balanced diet, and regular exercises just like everyone else should. You may need a bit more iron/calcium/folic acid which are provided in your prenatal vitamins. Consume about 500+ calories/day extra, to make milk for baby. Congrats on the new baby--a miracle of life. Good luck. ...Read more
Breast feeding perks: For baby: improved immunity, superior brain & eye development, fewer allergies & GI problems, enhanced cognitive functioning, reduced risk of obesity/all obesity related diseases, etc. etc. etc. etc. Mother loses weight faster, saves time, money and environmental resources, bonds more readily, reduces risk of breast & ovarian cancer, reduces risk of multiple systemic disease. Risks are minor ...Read more
Several things: First continue breast feeding, it is well tolerated & baby needs the energy. Second, offer things that slow the poo; apple sauce is my favorite followed by bananas & rice cereal.If over a year the breads help some as can steamed rice & plain macaroni ...Read more
Bad, bad idea: In health, breast feeding has many benefits, and in the very poor nations, the lack of a good alternative may make it worth the risk. In the developed world, it is far safer to use a good substitute because of the risk of transmission to the baby. On this subject, there's an unanimity rare in real science. This is an emotional issue with militants offering misinformation -- be warned. ...Read more