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What are causes of sore nipple not due to breastfeeding?

What are causes of sore nipple not due to breastfeeding?

Chafing or hormones: Chafing due to clothing could cause sore nipples, just as hormonal changes during your menstrual cycle or during pregnancy can cause nipple and breast soreness. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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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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Boob hurts with sore and sensitive nipples? Any other causes besides pregnancy?

Boob hurts with sore and sensitive nipples? Any other causes besides pregnancy?

Fibrocystc: The most common cause of breast tenderness is due to fibrocystic changes in the breast. The breast has many glandular components and these glands can form small cysts that come and go, but can be very painful. One solution is to avoid as much caffeine as possible as this can intensify the symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes sore breast can be other than pregnancy or period?

What causes sore breast can be other than pregnancy or period?

Soreness: Reasons for painful breasts (bilateral) can include: cyclic pain before the period, stress, medication changes. Fluctuating hormone levels & pregnancy. Pain in one breast could be related to a cyst or a fibroadenoma. Breast cancer would not be a frequent reason for breast pain. Exercise with a bra that is lacking in support is also a possible cause. ...Read more

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What causes sore breasts can be other than pregnancy or period?

What causes sore breasts can be other than pregnancy or period?

Mastalgia: Reasons for painful breasts (bilateral) can include: cyclic pain before the period, stress, medication changes. Fluctuating hormone levels & pregnancy. Pain in one breast could be related to a cyst or a fibroadenoma. Breast cancer would not be a frequent reason for breast pain. Exercise with a bra that is lacking in support is also a possible cause. ...Read more

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What are the causes for sore nipple and breasts?

HT Topic pages: Here is a link to the healthtap topic page on sensitive and sore nipples. Here you will find many answers on this subject. https://www.healthtap.com/#topics/sensitive-nipples. ...Read more

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What are the causes for darker nipples other than pregnancy ?

See below: Pregnancy hormones cause increase pigmentation throughout the body. Example, if you have melasma (dark spots on face), they will get worse. Nipples will get darker. ...Read more

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Is mastitis purely developed from breast feeding, lactation etc or just the sucking of nipple that develops it and therefore infects?

Is mastitis purely developed from breast feeding, lactation etc or just the sucking of nipple that develops it and therefore infects?

Mastitis: There are 2 types of mastitis: 1- lactational, breast feeding related 2- non lactational: could be related to trauma to breast, infections elsewhere in the body, e.g. Uti, teeth work, sinusitis, etc. ...Read more

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What causes sore nipples? I'm not pregnant or breastfeeding

What causes sore nipples? I'm not pregnant or breastfeeding

Friction: Sometimes it just simple friction from the material from a bra or shirt especially if one is active that can cause irritation and soreness. ...Read more

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What are other reasons for breasts to hurt and feel swollen aside from period, pregnancy or pms?

What are other reasons for breasts to hurt and feel swollen aside from period, pregnancy or pms?

Breast pain: There are a number of factors which can cause breast pain and the feeling of swollen breasts. These include pregnancy, hormonal changes, sometimes birth control pills, excess caffeine ingestion, and a condition known as hyperprolactinemia (which often results in production of breast milk during a time when there should not be any). It is helpful to see your physician for these symptoms. ...Read more

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Hi I'm still breastfeeding my 20 month old does that affect my estrogen levels that might cause vaginal irritation and also dry skin on other breast?

Hi I'm still breastfeeding my 20 month old does that affect my estrogen levels that might cause vaginal irritation and also dry skin on other breast?

Yes: Breast-feeding does affect your estrogen levels and it can cause vaginal dryness. Dryness can result in irritation. If you have irritation, though, it's best to see your Gyn and make sure you don't have a yeast or other infection. Make sure to use a lubricant during intercourse. ...Read more

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If a woman is flat chested, have fluffy inverted nipples, can she breastfeed?What caused this besides genetics?Women in the family have usual breasts.

If a woman is flat chested, have fluffy inverted nipples, can she breastfeed?What caused this besides genetics?Women in the family have usual breasts.

Breast feeding: Despite having small beasts, the glandular elements to produce milk should still function normally and allow you to breast-feed. Inverted nipples sometimes cause a problem with the infant being able to suckle but breast-feeding is still possible. I would recommend seeing a lactation nurse for some tricks and advice. ...Read more

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Why does one of my breasts sag more than the other? Could this be related to breast cancer? 33 year old female.

Why does one of my breasts sag more than the other? Could this be related to breast cancer? 33 year old female.

Not certain cancer.: The left and right sides of our bodies are never perfectly symmetrical so the fact that the breasts are not mirror images of each other is not concerning. However, if you're saying that one of your breasts looks different than it usually would look, then you would really need an investigation including an exam and mammogram at least. ...Read more

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Sensation of milk let down in one breast, not breasfeeding. No other visible change in breast or lump. Is this breast cancer symptom?

Sensation of milk let down in one breast, not breasfeeding. No other visible change in breast or lump. Is this breast cancer symptom?

No: What you described is not symptom of breast cancer, however, you should get it checked out, especially to rule out susceptibility to infection. Wish you good health! ...Read more

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What can cause erect nipples that aren't sore at all, prominent montgomery glands, and darkening of areolas besides pregnancy?

Many things: If your nipples are always like that then this may just be how you were built. Cold, tight bras, friction, hormonal changes can all cause a temporary change in nipple appearance. Schedule a visit and have a doctor help if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Why boys like big boobs and everything big in girls?? are breasts only feeding organs or involved in sexual stimulation? why men fall for huge boobs?

Why boys like big boobs and everything big in girls?? are breasts only feeding organs or involved in  sexual stimulation? why men fall for huge boobs?

Not ALL men do: Cultural influences dictate what's considered attractive to many people. But there are always a few who seem able to resist and I'm happy for that! I do understand that it might feel bad to go against the mainstream trends, but try to realize it's perfectly okay to differ. And - yes, boobs do play a role in stimulation for some women - but it's nothing to do w/ size, just nerve endings. ...Read more

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My breast are sore, tender and larger, areola has increased in size. Period is lighter and shorter, feeling constipated what is this?

My breast are sore, tender and larger, areola has increased in size. Period is lighter and shorter, feeling constipated what is this?

Multiple things: If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a good over the counter medication for constipation. Breast pain can be hormonal, related to diet or weight gain. There are many options to obtain better menstrual cycle control. Schedule an Obgyn visit and discuss your options ...Read more

Nipple (Definition)

A nipple also known mammary papilla or teat is a small projection of skin containing the outlets for 15–20 lactiferous ducts. Its at the apex or top or breast ...Read more


Dr. Ira Friedlander
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Nipple Irritation (Definition)

A condition that can include nipple discharge, irritation, cracking, and swelling, and which can occur in both men and women. ...Read more