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Breast tenderness and menstruation for a breastfeeding mother - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   my baby is 10 weeks old and i am experiencing severe tenderness in one breast and on and off bleeding? This is my fourth baby and with the others my periods did not resume until i stopped feeding at 9-13mths.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   : Let me read what you have typed
User :   nice to meet you
Doctor :   Since when are you experiencing severe tenderness in one breast and on and off bleeding?
User :   for the last 2 days breast tenderness
User :   and bleeding today
User :   this happened last week too
Doctor :   May i know your age?
User :   25
Doctor :   Was the baby born normally or you had C section?
User :   yes in water at home
User :   with midwife of course
Doctor :   Do you have any other symptoms like increased sugar, Bp or cholesterol?
User :   no not usually
User :   i have had migraines and am really tired
User :   but i do live in the tropics it has that effect on me
Doctor :   Is the pain in breast present throughout or is periodic? Also are you able to feed the baby normally?
User :   feeding is fine, relieved by feeding, tenderness is like bruising constant on side of left breast
User :   i was doing a lot of cleaning and scrubbing walls, you know with kids and all
User :   i thought it might be mild mastitus? but what about the bleeding
User :   should i be worried about getting pregnant
Doctor :   Sometimes the bleeding resumes very early after delivery and it differs in every one
User :   its just not normal for me
User :   i had the 4 to 5 wks post partum bleed
Doctor :   Also feeding does cause mastitis.
User :   yes but also relieves it
User :   i didnt think i should get a period as i am feeding during day and night
Doctor :   1)You need to empty your breasts thoroughly andcompletely after feeding
Doctor :   1)Do not let them be too dry and clean them regularly.
User :   yes been doing that
User :   ok
Doctor :   3)Apply Caladryl lotion for soothing it.
User :   is that for bruising?
Doctor :   4)Allow the child to feed alternately on each breast.
Doctor :   Yes
User :   ok doing that?
Doctor :   5)Do not let the breast be full of milk for long and keep feeding.
User :   yes been doing that too.
User :   is the bleeding connected to the breast tenderness
Doctor :   No it cannot be related to that.
User :   thank you for your time
Doctor :   Its common after delivery to have it.
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