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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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Sore breasts and lower abdominal painful while breastfeeding ?

Sore breasts and lower abdominal painful while breastfeeding ?

Could be normal: Sore breast are common in breast feeding, there is a chance that you might have a breast infection if you are experiencing deep burning pain. Also while breast feeding it releases hormone called oxytocin, which make the uterus contract. That could be why you are having pain. ...Read more

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Does breast fibroadenoma cause nipple discharge during pregnancy?

Does breast fibroadenoma cause nipple discharge during pregnancy?

Generally, not: A breast fibroadenoma is usually solid, well defined, and "rubbery" to palpation and does not involve the mammary ducts, thus no discharge. During pregnancy, the discharge may be the initial preparation of the breasts to manufacture milk. Call your OB md and have it evaluated. ...Read more

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My nipples are cracking during feeding. Is this breast cancer?

My nipples are cracking during feeding. Is this breast cancer?

An eczema- like rash: That persists after a few wks should be biopsies but it sounds like chapping. ...Read more

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Can women with inward nipples breastfeed?

Inverted nipples!: They invariably turn outward when the breasts are engorged with milk! it rarely is an issue! ...Read more

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Does fibroadenoma also cause nipple discharge during pregnancy?

Does fibroadenoma also cause nipple discharge during pregnancy?

No: A fibroadenoma is a solid benign mass. It can increase in size or become more sensitive/painful during pregnancy due to the increased hormone exposure. If the fibroadenoma is larger, meaning over 2 cm, it could be compressing/blocking a nearby duct but the mass itself does not produce fluid and result in nipple discharge. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between breast tenderness during menstruation and breast tenderness during pregnancy?

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Is there a difference between breast tenderness during menstruation and breast tenderness during pregnancy?

Very similar: The breast tenderness are very similar in menstruation and early pregnancy. Both are due to hormonal changes. However most women have more tenderness in pregnancy because there is greater hormonal surge. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have lumpy breasts before, during menopause?

Is it normal to have lumpy breasts before, during menopause?

Not necessarily: Lumpy or fiibrocystic breast are commonly seen pre period, with increased caffeine intake , not with menopause. ...Read more

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Rash on breast during or after breast feeding?

Common problem: You may be very sensitive. I would suggest being very gentle to your skin as well as aggressive in its care. Put your milk onto your nipples to give it a coating for protection. In addition i would try a lanolin cream or ointment in between feedings, then wipe off gently before next feeding. Moisturize the surrounding skin for more soothing relief. ...Read more

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Am i pregnant? Tender breast, frequent urination, moody, sore breast since the first of april, increased appetite, veins showing, breast feel heavier, bloated, breast size increased.

Am i pregnant? Tender breast, frequent urination, moody, sore breast since the first of april, increased appetite, veins showing, breast feel heavier, bloated, breast size increased.

If : If there is a possibility you could be pregnant, you should take a pregnancy test. You can either take a home pregnancy test as long as it has been 5- 6 weeks since your last normal period, or you can go see your doctor and they can test you. A home pregnancy test is 97% accurate if taken a week or more after the missed period and a doctor's test can tell around when you should be getting your next period. Good luck! ...Read more

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Breast redness while breastfeeding?

Breast redness while breastfeeding?

Check LATCH: It could be that your baby has an incorrect latch or his/her mouth is not open wide enough when feeding. See a lactation consultant or pediatrician to evaluate both the latch and your breast. ...Read more

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Are constant sore breasts and pain during intercourse abnormal?

Are constant sore breasts and pain during intercourse abnormal?

Yes: Some women have tender breasts especially during the pre-menstrual phase. Constantly sore breasts are not normal. You should be checked for engorgement, fibroadenosis and inflammation. Similarly pain during vaginal intercourse is not normal and a complete gyne exam is necessary. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have sore breasts during pregnancy?

Is it normal to have sore breasts during pregnancy?

Yes: Boy is it! one of the hormones of pregnancy stimulates the breasts to enlarge and start producing milk. This can make your breasts very sore. A good supportive bra can help. ...Read more

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Can women breast feed after having breast implants?

Can women breast feed after having breast implants?

Breast feeding : Most women are able to breast feed after implants, but that can't be guaranteed. ...Read more

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Clear nipple discharge during intercourse. Not breastfeeding. Not pregnant?

Clear nipple discharge during intercourse. Not breastfeeding. Not pregnant?

Need investigation: Most likely you are young ( age is important in assessment breast diseases ) malignancy is not the first one to think other benign causes ., clear discharge is most common cause benign fibrocystic disease , need examination radiological investigation , blood investigation ( prolactin level ) see your doctor first ...Read more

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Is it normal to have lumpy breasts after childbirth if lactating?

Is it normal to have lumpy breasts after childbirth if lactating?

Clogged ducts: Breastfeeding women can develop clogged milk ducts which can make the breasts lumpy. It is important to get these out by completely emptying the breasts, and using warm compresses and breast massage during feeding/pumping. If they are not worked out, it is possible to develop a mastitis. ...Read more

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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

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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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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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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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Right breast pain, worse over the last few days, no breastfeeding, have had breast infection before, can I get another one? Im 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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My baby is 4 days old, and my breasts are engorged. It's very painful and I can hardly pick the baby up. I'm not breastfeeding, how can I ease this?

My baby is 4 days old, and my breasts are engorged. It's very painful and I can hardly pick the baby up. I'm not breastfeeding, how can I ease this?

Supportive Care: If your decision is not to breastfeed, then motrin and warm compresses can be helpful to relieve the pain. Remember it's not to late to nurse the baby! See a lactation consultant tomorrow to help with tips! ...Read more

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Sore breasts and lower abdominal painful while breastfeeding ?

Could be normal: Sore breast are common in breast feeding, there is a chance that you might have a breast infection if you are experiencing deep burning pain. Also while breast feeding it releases hormone called oxytocin, which make the uterus contract. That could be why you are having pain. ...Read more

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What should I do when my breast feels like there are needles in them before, during, and after breastfeeding?

Varies: Most people find this feeling goes away quickly and they try to ignore it. Some people use cold water or hot water and it helps. Think of how wonderful you are to brestfeed your baby and how you're giving your baby great immunity. ...Read more

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Im am breastfeeding for the past 6 months, today i woke up with a pain around my left breast, its rather painful, should i be worried?

Im am breastfeeding for the past 6 months, today i woke up with a pain around my left breast, its rather painful, should i be worried?

Try warm compress: If fever, could be an infection, needing antibiotics. If no fever possible blocked duct, heat and pumping can help. ...Read more

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I10 days ago, i weaned my baby from breastfeeding. One breast seem to of gone back to normal while the other is still engorged and painful. Why?

I10 days ago, i weaned my baby from breastfeeding. One breast seem to of gone back to normal while the other is still engorged and painful. Why?

Plugged milk duct: You may have developed a plugged milk duct, which can happen if you are not emptying out the breast during the weaning process. That backed up milk can then lead to mastitis, an infection of the breast. Start warm packs, some gentle massage, and see OB tomorrow as you may need antibiotics for this before it gets you really sick. ...Read more

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If you get a breast reduction, and later on have a baby, do your breasts grow back during breastfeeding?

They can enlarge...: It is not very common, but I have done repeat breast reductions on women who previously had breast reductions, became pregnant, and had significant enough enlargement of the breasts that they required a repeat reduction. ...Read more

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During the breastfeeding,can i get a sunbathe? will it have some bad influence on the breast milk or baby? thanks.

During the breastfeeding,can i get a sunbathe? will it have some bad influence on the breast milk or baby? thanks.

Well.... : Let's discuss two types of influence here, direct and indirect. In terms of direct influence to breast milk and baby from sunbathing, no there are no concerns. However, there is an indirect effect on baby of your sunbathing. You may not be around in the future to care for her if you get malignant melanoma or other deadly skin cancers! Congrats on doing a great job breastfeeding your baby! ...Read more

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I have thiriod problem and 39 week pregnant but my thiriod control during pregnancy is baby affect and other thing is can I breast feed?

Treat it : Untreated thyroid disease can be a problem for a fetus. Treated thyroid disease is not a problem. Make sure your thyroid is under control. It is safe to breastfeed. ...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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Breastfeeding. I've had a sharp pain in one breast for a few days. Stays in the same spot. Doesn't feel engorged. Between and during feeding. Concern?

A few things...: It could be a clogged duct - try soaking the area with warm compresses and massaging the area. Shooting pain can also possibly related to yeast. If the nipple is red and also hurting those are more signs of yeast. Can also look to see if baby has signs of thrush (yeast in baby's mouth) which would be a whitish coating on tongue. Pain can also be from a latch problem on one side. See doctor. ...Read more

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