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Breast Feeding

Pain and breastfeeding

06/08/2007

Question:

I have been breast feeding for approximately three months. I have had blocked ducts several times, but they have gone away on their own. Two nights ago, my baby was laying on my left side. When we got up, I had pain in the lower part of my left breast. My breast is not swollen, and I do not feel any lumps, but the pain has persisted for a couple of days. What could it be?

Answer:

It could be compression of the milk glands or ducts.

You might try taking ibuprofen (if not allergic to it) about 20 minutes before nursing, and continue nursing on that side, using warmth before and cool compresses after breastfeeding on that side.

The pain should subside within a week.

Best of luck!

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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