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What causes pain in the breast while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Purushottam Neurgaonkar


Practicing since :1992

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Posted on Sat, 10 Aug 2019 in Pregnancy
Question: hi .. iam under breast feed for my 7 months old.. i feel pain in my left breast from last 2 days .. it is originated on left side.. i initially felt due to milk solids and massaged with hot cloth.. and took hot bath.. not much improvement. there are no any solids that i sense.. iam continuously feeding my baby.. still not sure the reason.. please suggest
Answered by Dr. Purushottam Neurgaonkar 38 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Some more information. Continue breastfeeding. USG breasts.

Detailed Answer:


Please do continue with the breastfeeding as before.

I would like to know about a few things in detail.
This will be of help to suggest you better treatment options.

1. Have you been able to feel a lump like swelling in the breast?
2. Is there a fever with chills?
3. Is the concerned area red and hitting touch?

I will suggest you not squeeze or press the area.

If needed please get USG of the breast done.

Please feel free to communicate with me again.

I hope this answer helps you.

Dr. Purushottam Neurgaonkar, OBGYN
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Follow up: Dr. Purushottam Neurgaonkar 10 hours later
i feel swelling is there and no lumps, but itis not soft as other one.
Answered by Dr. Purushottam Neurgaonkar 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Gynecologist check-up. Keep breasts empty after feeding.

Detailed Answer:


In my opinion, your symptoms can be due to galacocoele, meaning the collection of milk.

This can be due to obstruction to outflow from the milk gland.

I will suggest you get examined by your gynecologist to differentiate between galactocoele and breast abscess.

Till then keep trying to keep breasts empty after feeding the baby.

Use of hot fomentation is advisable. But do not use any force to squeeze the breast tissue.

Use of analgesic like Paracetamol as needed is advisable.

Hope you found the answer helpful.

Dr. Purushottam Neurgaonkar, OBGY
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