What could a painful lump in my breast be?

Painful breastfeed. When your baby is not able to empty the milk in the sinuses and ducts of the breast, the milk collection will cause distention of the breast in the form of lumps. Stopping to breastfeed will even cause infection. Emptying the retained milk by teaching the baby to correctly latch and manual or electrical pumping will relieve the situation. The baby will not be harmed by the infected milk.

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Is breast lump removal painful?

Minor Surgery. A lumpectomy is usually performed under twilight anesthesia, so you will not be aware of the operation. After surgery, you will probably notice a "black-and-blue" type of soreness that should be well controlled with non-narcotic pain medication (i am a big fan of ibuprofen). Most people return to work in a few days and are back to normal activities in a week. Of course, check with your surgeon. Read more...
Depends. Obviously depends on the size of the lump. Small ones have very little pain. Large ones more. Also depends on bruising. If you bleed into the breast can have a deep bruise which can make pain last longer. Still, in my experience most women are pretty sore the first week. By the second week the pain is minimal and they do well. . Read more...

What can be done for a painful breast lump?

See a doctor. Needs medical evaluation and mammogram with possible breast ultrasound. Painful breast cysts will often resolve after your menstrual cycle or can have needle aspiration in the office. But, needs an exam to be sure it is benign. Read more...

What should be my first steps if I have a painful breast lump?

See your Dr. I am assuming you have a primary care physician or gyn serving that purpose. The first step is to go and be examined. Most breast lumps are benign so stay calm but don't put off this examination. Your doctor will probably recommend some form of imaging and may recommend that you see a breast surgeon. I think that would be a good idea and my recommendations for first steps. Read more...
See you doctor. Most painful breast lumps are benign cysts. These can usually be resolved quickly in a simple office aspiration. You physician may choose to order a mammogram first but if it feels like a simple cyst, an office aspiration can resolve the issue and your anxiety! Read more...