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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

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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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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I stopped breastfeeding since 4mnths, yet still there is milk in my breasts.Should I take any medication to stop it plz?

I stopped breastfeeding since 4mnths, yet still there is milk in my breasts.Should I take any medication to stop it plz?

No Meds: Breasts are just funny this way! The trick thing about milk is that it just wants to keep coming... You certainly could put baby to breast here and there to give baby antibodies. If you want to stop altogether, you just have to stop checking for it . When you check, it's enough stimulation to keep it flowing! There is such a thing as pituitary tumor causing milk production, but extremely rare ...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