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    What causes a painful soft milk lump in breast during pregnancy?

Posted on Thu, 2 Jun 2016 in Pregnancy
Question: Hi, I am currently 4 months pregnant (due date Sep 13). I stopped breastfeeding my 15 month old son around 2-3 months back. However, I still feel the soft milk lumps in my breasts - I also see some thick milk when I press hard. I tried to express the milk but it is very painful and am unable to. Otherwise I don't feel any pain. I do feel slight tinglish sensation or itchy feeling sometimes - Is that because of all the hormonal changes? Please suggest.
Answered by Dr. S Patra 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Hormonal and physiological changes. Need breast care.

Detailed Answer:
Hello Dear,

Thanks for writing to us. Followings are my comments:

1) Soft milk lump in breast is quite common during pregnancy period (particularly after 14 weeks) and you may leak thick, creamy milk (colostrum). It means your breast is preparing for the birth of your baby.

It is a physiological process and mostly associated with hormonal changes (high prolactin level, estrogen and progesterone). It is quite normal thing.

2) If you DON'T want breast feeding, then you shouldn't express out breast milk, which will be more painful. Rather, you need to take proper care of breast.

3) Wear right size bra, DON'T wear any tight fitting or under-wired bra as they may interfere with milk gland and block milk duct, do light massage around nipple with coconut or almond oil to avoid crack, tingling sensation & roughness, change bra timely if nipple area becomes wet to avoid infection, pull out inverted nipple if you see it. Maintain overall breast hygiene.

Hope, it helps to solve your problem. Wish your good health and take care.

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