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Very small, round lump under areola while breastfeeding. Nipple quite sore, and occasional deep, aching feeling.

Very small, round lump under areola while breastfeeding. Nipple quite sore, and occasional deep, aching feeling.

Mastitis: Sounds like it could be mastitis (infection of a milk gland). Contact your doctor to help with possibly antibiotics. Also use warm compresses and showers. Let ome o the milk run out. ...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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My areolas are swollen, flaky and moist. My bra keep getting wet and sticking to my bra. I am not breastfeeding. How can treat over the counter?

See a doctor: You can apply hydrocortisone cream from over the counter, it will dry it up
but nipple drainage is not something that you should ignored, and take lightly.
you should see a doctor even if if does get better.
thank you. ...Read more

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Normal for areola to change over time when I'm breastfeeding! I've been nursing for 3 months and the circumstance is odd shaped now! Concern?

No worries: If you are not experiencing new pain, deformity, inflammation or bleeding, then you are unlikely to have a health-threatening condition. See your clinician if it doesn't get better, though, or if you have further concerns. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding twins 15 months, small graze 1 week ago on areola Now small patch on areola like shrivelled skin?

Breastfeeding twins 15 months, small graze 1 week ago on areola Now small patch on areola like shrivelled skin?

Irritation: You probably have small cut on your Breast and needs some some lanolin lotion to help with the healing process. ...Read more

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My areola right by my nipples is inflamed and has clear discharge it started out almost like a dry flakey and now it's like this. I was breastfeeding.

My areola right by my nipples is inflamed and has clear discharge it started out almost like a dry flakey and now it's like this. I was breastfeeding.

Nipple/areola rash: Nipples can get dry and irritated easily, especially in winter. This is particularly true when a woman is breastfeeding because saliva and stretching irritate the delicate nipple and areola skin further. If switching to a non-soap cleansing bar and moisturizing with petrolatum doesn't help, please see your dermatologist. There are other nipple/areola conditions that need to be ruled out. ...Read more

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I have a try patch on my areola, left breast. And I don't know if it's because of breastfeeding or what. I was curious on what it is?

I have a try patch on my areola, left breast. And I don't know if it's because of breastfeeding or what. I was curious on what it is?

Poss contact derm: If you are breast feeding, moisture from occasional leakage or contact with baby's skin or clothing could be causing some irritation or contact allergic reaction. Start with an unscented skin lotion or ointment like Vaseline. If it doesn't clear up or gets worse, I recommend having your doctor evaluate. ...Read more

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How will an areola reduction affect my ability to breast feed? Will an areola reduction surgery affect my ability to breast feed if I decide to have children? .

How will an areola reduction affect my ability to breast feed? Will an areola reduction surgery affect my ability to breast feed if I decide to have children? .

Possibly.: Depending on exactly what type of procedure is performed (best discussed with your plastic surgeon), some patients are not able to breast-feed after any type of breast surgery that involves incisions around the areola. Again, best to check with your plastic surgeon for more specific advice/predictions. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it still possible to breast feed your child when you have psoriasis on your areola and nipple?

Is it still possible to breast feed your child when you have psoriasis on your areola and nipple?

Shield it: If the nipple/areola/skin condition causes discomfort while breast feeding, employ a breast shield. ...Read more

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What to do about a hard mask behind areola warm to touch very sore woke up this way not breastfeeding not pregnant?

Could be an abcess: It is difficult to say for sure without actually seeing it however, you could have a pus pocket (abcess) under the aereola. Normally these are simple to drain at a medical facility however around the nipple you have the pipework that develops and pumps milk so its not always as straightfoward in this locations. Use a warm compress and it may open up and drain. Seek medical att to eval and drain. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding for 3mos now and my left breast particularly the areola- is peeling and somewhat itchy. What could it be?

I am breastfeeding for 3mos now and my left breast particularly the areola- is peeling and somewhat itchy. What could it be?

Cracked nipple: Your nipple is probably irritated from Breast feeding. Youight want to apply a lotion, called lanolin lotion to help preventing cycling and bleeding from the nipple ...Read more

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I am 7 weeks post partum & fully breastfeeding, I noticed white pimple like bumps on my areola close to my nipple but not on the nipple. What is this?

I am 7 weeks post partum & fully breastfeeding, I noticed white pimple like bumps on my areola close to my nipple but not on the nipple. What is this?

Get it checked out: See your physician for an exam and find out whether you have a plugged duct, milk blister or an abscess along with a case of mastitis. All three can give a pimple-like appearance. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged montgomery gland on one breast near the outer edge of the areola. There is no infection, no discharge, pregnancy or breastfeeding?

I have an enlarged montgomery gland on one breast near the outer edge of the areola. There is no infection, no discharge, pregnancy or breastfeeding?

No Prob: This is a variation of normal. Montgomery glands are as simple as sebaceous cysts. Nothing needs to be done. Observe for now. Watch for redness, heat, pain, swelling, or drainage. ...Read more

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Sore, sensitive montgomery glands on areola on right breast. Not breastfeeding or pregnant. I sleep on that side. No sharp pain. Cancer?

Sore, sensitive montgomery glands on areola on right breast. Not breastfeeding or pregnant. I sleep on that side. No sharp pain. Cancer?

? Fibrocystic Breast: Could be fibrocystic breast disease. This is a reason for tenderness. Can be treated with tighter, more supportive bra (sports), ibuprofen, etc. Fibrocystic issues can be related to your time in your cycle. Does the pain come and go 'monthly' like your cycle does? ...Read more

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When should lump removal be after stopping breastfeeding?

When should lump removal be after stopping breastfeeding?

It depends..: The findings on exam (size, tenderness, change if any) and imaging (ultrasound, xray) help decide whether removal is needed for diagnosis a persistent mass, especially if solid and not painful should be removed. ...Read more

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Is it normal to develop lumps when breastfeeding?

Is it normal to develop lumps when breastfeeding?

Nursing: Yes, they are usually milk cysts which are cystic diatations of the milk ducts that are not draining completely with feeding. You can use warm packs and massage towards the nipple to get the milk out. Not ot alarm you, but if it doesn't resolve in a couple of days with above, tell your doctor, you may need an ultrasound to be sure it's not solid. ...Read more

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While my wife was breastfeeding our week-old son, she noticed two lumps under her underarms. Is that a normal occurrence post-pregnancy?

While my wife was breastfeeding our week-old son, she noticed two lumps under her underarms. Is that a normal occurrence post-pregnancy?

Underarm lumps: Sometimes lumps in the underarm area represent additional breast tissue in breastfeeding moms. However it is important that she is checked by her physician to make sure the lumps do not represent something more serious. ...Read more

Areola (Definition)

The areola is the dark ...Read more