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Doctor insights on: Lumpy Breasts After Stopping Breastfeeding

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

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

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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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Can stopping breast feeding make you have lumpy breasts?

Can stopping breast feeding make you have lumpy breasts?

Yes for short while: Yes it is not uncommon to have lumpy and painful breasts for several days or longer, especially after abrupt weaning. It may be prevented by slow weaning. ...Read more

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Does infection from breast feeding make you have lumpy breasts?

Does infection from breast feeding make you have lumpy breasts?

It Can: Breast infections associated with breastfeeding may take the form of diffuse swelling (mastitis) and/or fluid-filled lumps that require drainage (abscess). Of course, the breast may get very "lumpy-bumpy" with breastfeeding without any infection. Either way, the lumps should resolve after treatment of the infection and discontinuation of breast-feeding. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Can I have surgery whiles pregnant with breast lump and can I breast feed with it and what is my risk factor?

Can I have surgery whiles pregnant with breast lump and can I breast feed with it and what is my risk factor?

Diagnosis of lump?: Have you seen a doctor and had the lump evaluated? That is your first priority! Get a diagnosis for the lump. You can have surgery while pregnant and all further questions require an actual diagnosis of lump to answer. Don't delay - be seen and have lump evaluated. You don't want to delay. ...Read more

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I found a breast lump when I finished breastfeeding my gp said it's glandular but on return in 2 weeks she said it reduced 3 months later it remains?

I found a breast lump when I finished breastfeeding my gp said it's glandular but on return in 2 weeks she said it reduced 3 months later it remains?

Breast surgeon: A breast mass that persists should have further evaluation. A thorough exam by a general or breast surgeon is appropriate. This exam may include a ultrasound to help characterize the lump. Good luck! ...Read more

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Have lumpy breasts before period, after the lumpiness is there, but much less. Do fibrocystic lumps need to disappear or just increase and decrease?

Have lumpy breasts before period, after the lumpiness is there, but much less. Do fibrocystic lumps need to disappear or just increase and decrease?

Decrease in size: Fibrocystic breast disease is a common condition. Usually women will notice an increase in size and discomfort before menses (approximately 1-2 weeks prior) and a reduction in size and discomfort with the menses/period. ...Read more

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How long does breast lumpiness associated with mastitis last?

How long does breast lumpiness associated with mastitis last?

4-6 weeks: Once the abscess is treated (drainage and antibiotics), there can be residual lumpiness that is inflammed tissue. This can take at least 4-6 weeks to resolve and feel like "normal" lumpy breast tissue. ...Read more

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How long does breast lumpiness associated with breast abscess last?

How long does breast lumpiness associated with breast abscess last?

4-6 weeks: Once the abscess is treated (drainage and antibiotics), there can be residual lumpiness that is inflammed tissue. This can take at least 4-6 weeks to resolve and feel like "normal" lumpy breast tissue. ...Read more

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How long does breast lumpiness associated with clogged milk duct last?

How long does breast lumpiness associated with clogged milk duct last?

Few days: If you are breast feeding and you have experienced lumpy tender breast/breasts as you are learning to breast feed, you may have mild engorgement. If you have pain and fever call your OB about need for medication. If no fever, try pumping breasts for 3-5 minutes before breast feeding to get milk flowing and unclog ducts. Usually 2 or 3 days of this before feeds will resolve problem. ...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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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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Do you have to have more mammograms if lumpy breasts?

Do you have to have more mammograms if lumpy breasts?

No,: There is no indication for more frequent mammograms. There may be a role for additional adjunct screening, for example ultrasound, in dense breasts, but currently there are no established guidelines for this. ...Read more

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Sore and lumpy breasts. What it could be?

Sore and lumpy breasts. What it could be?

Breast Pain: Most women's breasts are "lumpy-bumpy" and often hurt just before/during one's menstrual cycle. When this "flies above the radar", we give it fancy names like "mastalgia" and "fibrocystic changes". Some women respond to caffeine avoidance, vitamin e, oil of primrose, or even occasional nsaids. Please discuss your concerns with your gynecologist--they should be able to reassure you not to worry. ...Read more

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I am manning to breast feed for 6 months, how do I stop after breast feeding?

I am manning to breast feed for 6 months, how do I stop after breast feeding?

Three basic plans: Cold turkey: bind yourself & send baby to others to bottle feed until they will for you. (painful & frustrating for both but some do ok.) gradual: drop a feeding every day or two, using bottle instead. At some point body drops supply & you can accelerate coming off. (less pain) some also use baby to soften a tense breast but follow with a bottle. This tells the breast to slow production. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Lump (Definition)

A breast lump is a mass that can be felt within the breast on physical examination. Most turn out to be benign, a smaller ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Lumpy Breasts (Definition)

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