Ducts carry the milk from deep in the breast to the nipple openings. Sometimes these ducts can become blocked. Milk builds up behind the blockage, a lump forms and your breast begins to feel sore.
Back to Your pregnancy and baby guide. There are a number of reasons why you may experience breast pain while you're breastfeeding. Persevering on your own, hoping it will get better, may make matters worse.
We all know that breastfeeding is wonderful! But it can also come with its own set of challenges. However, most breastfeeding issues can be resolved rather quickly and get you back on track to bonding with your baby, providing the best nutrition and on the road to meeting your breastfeeding goals!
When you first start breastfeeding your baby, your breasts produce colostrum in small amounts that gradually increase over the first few days. One of the signs milk is coming in is your breasts become fuller and firmer. This swelling is not just caused by the greater quantity of milk, but also by increased blood flow and extra lymph fluids in your breast tissue.
Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast that is most commonly caused by milk stasis obstruction of milk flow rather than infection. Non-infectious mastitis can usually be resolved without the use of antibiotics. If symptoms are not improving within hours or if the woman is acutely ill, antibiotics should be started.
But just like learning how to ride a bike, you need to learn how to breastfeed and so does baby, by the way. We consulted with Jane Morton, MD, on how to handle the 10 most common breastfeeding problems. But if baby has latched and the pain lasts longer than a minute into your feeding session, check the positioning.
A plugged milk duct or clogged milk duct usually feels like a hard, tender swelling in the breast which can vary in size from a pea to a peach and may feel painful while breastfeeding. The skin over the affected area may be red and the area around the plug may feel full even after a feeding. Sometimes a small whitish-yellow milk plug can be seen at the opening of a duct on the nipple. Plugged ducts occur when milk flow is restricted, or there is a delay in removal of milk from the breast resulting in poor drainage of the breast.
You may notice an occasional lump on one or both breasts while breastfeeding. There are many possible causes for these lumps. Treatment for a lump while breastfeeding depends on the cause.