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Why do nipples itch while breastfeeding?

Why do nipples itch while breastfeeding?

Different things: It could be dermatitis or yeast from staying wet much of the time. You can air dry them between feedings or use nipple shields that keep them from direct contact with wet clothing. You can find those at a breastfeeding supply store. You can put lotrimin (clotrimazole) af cream on them 3 times a day for a week to clear up yeast. You just wipe off any excess before feeding, but don't worry about a small amount. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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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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2mth baby has oral and anal mycoses, i feel itching and redness under nipples bcoz im breastfeeding, can I continue nursing her or I should stop?

2mth baby has oral and anal mycoses, i feel itching and redness  under nipples bcoz im breastfeeding, can I continue nursing her or I should stop?

Continue but treat: I assume you are talking about thrush and diaper rash. You should be treating these as per your doctor. Your nipples should also be treated, but assuming you've discussed treatment options and proper cleaning with your doctor, you should continue breast feeding unless the pain is prohibitive. ...Read more

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Nipple itches & can squeeze clear fluid out of. 14 weeks postpartum didnt breastfeed. Same thing occurred w/ last baby. Only left breast. What is it?

Nipple itches & can squeeze clear fluid out of. 14 weeks postpartum didnt breastfeed. Same thing occurred w/ last baby. Only left breast. What is it?

Prolactin: just because you didn't breastfeed doesn't shut off the flw of hormones that stimulate lactation. It is a bit unusual to see elevated hormone levels this far out from delivery. See your OB and get some hormone levels checked if this symptom bothers you - it should go away over time ...Read more

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Left nipple itching for a month. began with eczema of areola and now nipple enlarged w/ dermatitis appearance. Soreness behind nipple. ?

Left nipple itching for a month. began with eczema of areola and now nipple enlarged w/ dermatitis appearance. Soreness behind nipple. ?

Need to examine: While the risk is low, the symptoms you described are of concern for a particular type of breast cancer. It would be prudent to see a doctor to get it checked out. Wish you good health. ...Read more

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I've been breastfeeding for about 2 months. Recently i've experienced armpit itching during feedings. What can be causing this & how do I fix it?

I've been breastfeeding for about 2 months. Recently i've experienced armpit itching during feedings. What can be causing this & how do I fix it?

Several things: These are symptoms that require a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after obtaining this informstion, can he/she adequately diagnose and treat you. ...Read more

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I stopped breastfeeding for my 19 month old baby. Aftr 1 week its got normal..then two breast are itching .

I stopped breastfeeding for my 19 month old baby. Aftr 1 week  its got normal..then two breast are itching .

Still going strong: Check your breast for any sign of yeast infection to cause itching around nipples, or mastitis with which you may have redness or tenderness also. Since after stopping breast feeding, your internal clock still needs a little time to send the signal to stop producing milk, you can expect to feel unease for a while. ...Read more

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I have dark discoloration under my breasts. No itching, peeling, or pain. I have small breasts and I am breastfeeding have been for almost 2 years.

I have dark discoloration under my breasts. No itching, peeling, or pain. I have small breasts and I am breastfeeding have been for almost 2 years.

Melasma : Melasma on the chest is not as frequent as in the face. The patches are usually symmetric and may have a "moth-eaten" appearance to their borders. Melasma due to pregnancy usually regresses within a year after delivery; however, areas of hyperpigmentation may never completely resolve. ...Read more

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I had tiny brown spots appear on my right hand seemingly overnight. There is no pain or itching. I am breastfeeding; could this be vitamin deficiency?

I had tiny brown spots appear on my right hand seemingly overnight. There is no pain or itching. I am breastfeeding; could this be vitamin deficiency?

Probably not: Since breastfeeding moms have been, and usually still are, taking prenatal vitamins or once-a-day multivitamins, having vitamin deficiencies to the point of actually getting symptoms are unlikely. If there are any other symptoms present, a primary care doctor can evaluate the rash and other symptoms. ...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. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

Itches are a clinical finding in which a person's skin has a sensation of non-painful irritation ...Read more