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Sharp 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
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
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
Should on and off breast pain that is sensitive to the touch in one area on left side be nothing to worry about? I am currently breastfeeding
Breastfeeding and have stabbing breast pain on right breast and shoulder causing difficult when lying down?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm 15 weeks pregnant. The thing i'm worried about is that i've not had any breast tenderness at all. Will be able to breast feed?
Absolutely: Thank goodness you have no pain, no reason why not.Pain at this stage is not a requirement to nurse well. ...Read more
I have been exclusively breastfeeding my 6 month old, no bottles no pacifiers, and not yet started on solids. I had a tubal ligation as well. Lately I've been getting PMS symptoms, cramps, and wildly emotional. No breast tenderness though, and no bleeding
Great job!: Good job breastfeeding, it is very good for your child. Time to start solids. What is your question by the way? Not sure if you are asking something about you or the child. The breastfeeding is probably releasing enough oxytocin that you have not started your periods yet. If you think you might be depressed tallk to your doctor, many moms will have sad feeliings early in parenthood ...Read more
I stoped breastfeeding 8 months ago , i stil wake up with sore breasts and still get millk when i squeeze. Is this normal?
Yes : Normal to feel sore after stopping breast feeding ...Read more
Should i be worried about reoccurring breast pain and burning sensation. Right breast only.Not constant. Not breast feeding.
Could be infection: You could have an infection in the duct. Dandelion and raw cabbage leaves topically if you've got an infection are excellent. You did not specify where in the breast so it's hard to advise. ...Read more
Frequency, mastitis.: Soreness might be due to doing it too long, or from use of a pump. But apparently the main issue is mastitis, or inflammation of the breasts. This can be from not improper technique of breastfeeding, or from not doing it early enough. Puerperal mastitis can be from infectious inflammation and abscess caused by pathogens like staph. Aureus, strep., and e. Coli. Feeding more often can even help. ...Read more
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
I have been breastfeeding for 10 months and the last 2 months I have this random sharp pain deep in my breast only on the right side it happens a few ?
NOrmal: It is normal to have these shooting pains. It is likely related to the letdown reflex. ...Read more
Sometimes (always at night) I have a really bad and sharp breast pain, like inside my nipples. What could it be?
Consider mettleshmer: two weeks before your period if you are regular is the time when estrogen and progesterone ( your female hormones) are at their peak right before ovulation. That is the time when the breasts swell. As far as the cramps i would need some more information unless what you are describing the pain of ovulation. First one side then the next month on the other ...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
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