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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 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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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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My areolas are itchy, dry and sticky with a little discharge of something, im 18 and not pregnant or breastfeeding. ?

My areolas are itchy, dry and sticky with a little discharge of something, im 18 and not pregnant or breastfeeding. ?

Need check up: With a discharge, when your not pregnant or breastfeeding needs to be examined clinically and assessed with possible testing too. Best wishes. ...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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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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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?

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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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A year and a half after breastfeeding i find a white hard painfull lump on my nipple right on the end. I sqeezed it and lots pus came out? Help!

A year and a half  after breastfeeding i find a white hard painfull lump on my nipple right on the end. I sqeezed it and lots pus came out? Help!

Call your PCP: It is apparent you have an abscess on your nipple & may need additional prescription medications. Placing a heating pad against your breast & allowing the material to drain can help in the interim. Your pcp may want to determine the extent of the problem & provide specific rx . I don't think an er visit would be worth your time but would get this taken care of soon. ...Read more

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I have a lump in my breast, i'm breastfeeding..How can I get that lump to go away?

I have a lump in my breast, i'm breastfeeding..How can I get that lump to go away?

Lump: The most probable cause of a lump while breastfeeding would be a blocked milk producing gland. Try massaging this area and applying hot pad (don't burn yourself). If it doesn't go away within a couple days go to your doc. ...Read more

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