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Extra breast tissue - Complications in feedin

08/24/2006

Question:

Please let me know what to expect (having already been diagnosed with extra breast tissue which has been inflamed during my pregnancy) in relation to breastfeeding. I would like to breastfeed but understand that there may be some complications involved as a result of blockages and engorgement in the area. My surgeon told me to contact him 6months after the birth but that doesn`t ease my initial concerns as to what to do under the circumstances. I am currently ending week 36. Thanking you in advance for your advice.

Answer:

Hello! Extra breast tissue is a relatively common finding. The best way to deal with it in pregnancy and lactation is to apply cold compresses such as crushed ice packs, on those areas only, a few times per day, starting now. No heat or massage is indicated, since this would cause or encourage milk production, and result in more pain and inflammation.

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Response by:

Jeanne L Ballard, MD, FAAP, FABM Jeanne L Ballard, MD, FAAP, FABM
Professor Emeritus, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati