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What is the cure for sharp pricking pain in breast during feeding?

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I delivered my baby on 26th November. After feeding, I feel sharp pricking feeling on my entire left breast and it pains very badly. Baby is latched correctly during feeding. Thanks XXXXXXX
Posted Wed, 1 Jan 2014 in Pregnancy
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 2 hours later
Brief Answer: Can be due to mastitis. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for trusting us with your health concern. The pain and pricking sensation that you feel in the breast can be due to mastitis or the contraction of the breast tissue and glands in response to the prolactin released in the body during lactation. In case the pain subsides completely after somtie and there is no persistent tenderness then there is no need to worry. Taking a mild pain killer like acetaminophen and doing a hot fomentation will help in reducing the pain in few days. Please do not worry. Please feel free to discuss further. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Rakhi Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL
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Follow-up: What is the cure for sharp pricking pain in breast during feeding? 8 hours later
Thanks for your reply. The pain was there for around an hour early morning. Later, I slept off and the pain subsided. I fed him today morning and did not experience any pain. If I face the pain again tonight, should I contact the Doctor?
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 15 hours later
Brief Answer: Yes. You should. Detailed Answer: Hello. Thanks for writing again. If the pain is recurrent and severe then it is best to consult a doctor to rule out any infection in the area. For mild pain you can take a mild pain killer like ibuprofen 400 g after meals. Hope my answer is helpful. If you do not have any clarifications, you can close the discussion and rate the answer. Wish you good health. Regards
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