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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

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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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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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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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? I'm 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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Can I take a 800 mg Motrin while breastfeeding to help with breast tenderness? 110lbs

Can I take a 800 mg Motrin while breastfeeding to help with breast tenderness? 110lbs

Mastitis: It is safe to take ibuprofen while you are breast feeding. Is it possible that you have a mastitis, infection in your breast that is causing this much pain? Might be a good idea to give your OB a call. ...Read more

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Lumps in breast, tenderness to touch, fever - what do I have? Breastfeeding.

Lumps in breast, tenderness to touch, fever - what do I have? Breastfeeding.

Mastitis: Sounds like an infection in your breast. Warm compresses, express milk and see your doctor for definite diagnosis and antibiotics if needed. ...Read more

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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

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

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What are all the possible causes of breast soreness when breastfeeding? I don't want to stop.

What are all the possible causes of breast soreness when breastfeeding? I don't want to stop.

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

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Should I be worried about reoccurring breast pain and burning sensation. Right breast only. Not constant. Not breast feeding.

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

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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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How can I stop breast tenderness if I don't breastfeed?

How can I stop breast tenderness if I don't breastfeed?

Pump and dump: Pumping may relieve some of the pressure. Additionally, use of nsaids like Motrin may help with the discomfort. Of course, there is always the concern that the more you pump, the more you make. Consult with your ob/gyn about long term treatment options. ...Read more

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I stopped breast feeding 3 months ago should I have milk still our am I pregnant again? Stomach and back pain with nausea. No breast tenderness.

I stopped breast feeding 3 months ago should I have milk still our am I pregnant again? Stomach and back pain with nausea. No breast tenderness.

Breast milk...: Production can continue several months after you stop, but eventually as hormone levels dissipate, you should stop producing. ...Read more

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My right breast hurts severely especially when I breastfeed on it, why?

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

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I have chest and breast pain, someone help, what to do?

I have chest and breast pain, someone help, what to do?

Medical evaluation: Should help to determine the cause. A treatment plan can't be developed without knowing more about the source of the pain. ...Read more

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Is breast pain normal during menopause?

Is breast pain normal during menopause?

Yes: In the months/yrs leading up to menopause (the end of menstrual periods) our hormones fluctuate to higher highs and lower lows than they did when we were younger. These surges of estrogen can cause breast fullness and tenderness. Seek medical care if pain persists past a few days each month, or if pain is one sided. Get mammograms as recommended (yearly after age 40). ...Read more

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How to prevent sagging breasts with breastfeeding?

Breast feeding is ok: With the help of time & gravity all breasts will eventually sag. Factors that contribute to breast sagging include smoking cigarettes, a woman's body mass index, number of children she has given birth to, breast size prior to pregnancy & genetics. Breast feeding is not considered a major factor when it comes to breast sagging. ...Read more

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I have breast pain that burns what is this associated with?

Need more info: Your symptoms are not specific to any diagnosis but it is a concerning symptom that must be investigated. You could be having anything from cancer to an infection. It is imperative that you see your OB/GYN NOW. ...Read more

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How will fybrocystic breasts effect my breastfeeding abilities?

How will fybrocystic breasts effect my breastfeeding abilities?

No.: You may even feel less lumps in your breasts with breastfeeding. Let your doctor know if you run into any problems. ...Read more

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Is breast pain common in late 40's? no lumps and abnormilities.

No: No it isn't, unless they are very large and unsupported. ...Read more

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Should you breast feed with a fibroadenoma?

Should you breast feed with a fibroadenoma?

Yes: You can breastfeed with a fibroadenoma. Fibroadenomas are benign findings and should not have any impact on your breastfeeding or in the quality of the nutrition you provide to your infant. ...Read more

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Does masturbation in women leads to breast pain?

Should not: However, no 2 people are the same. Thus, it can, if you get breast pain if ; when you masturbate. ...Read more

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Does pregnancy or breastfeeding ruin your breasts?

Pregnancy changes it: During pregnancy your breast enlarge and the glands in your breasts get prepared for making milk once you deliver. Once the baby is out and starts to nurse your breasts get even bigger as they actively produce milk. However after breastfeeding for any length of time, your breasts do decrease in size about a cup size. ...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