NCBI Bookshelf. Boston: Butterworths; Breast pain is a sensation of aching, pulling, drawing, burning, or stinging in one or both breasts as a result of functional or pathologic conditions of the breast or, secondarily, due to extrinsic causes.
Breast pain can come in many forms, shapes and sizes. If any one of these apply to you, see our suggested treatment plans listed below:. Plugged ducts are hard, tender area s within the breast.
Whether you're a new mom or a seasoned parenting pro, breastfeeding often comes with its fair share of questions. Here are answers to some common queries that mothers — new and veteran — may have. This is your uterus shrinking back to a smaller size.
Breastfeeding is something only you can do for your baby. It should be a pleasant experience for both of you. A healthy, full-term baby is likely to know instinctively what to do at the breast. An adjustment to the latch or positioning can help you and your baby to be more comfortable.
These organisms like warmth and moisture and are normal inhabitants of the skin, mouth, gut and vagina. Certain conditions encourage them to multiply excessively and this may cause a candida infection, with possible symptoms of pain, itching, or other irritation. Women describe the pain of thrush as severe, even excruciating.
Breast and nipple thrush can cause strong nipple and breast pain. The pain may be severe enough to lead to early weaning if the condition is not treated. Thrush is a fungal infection caused by the organism Candida albicanswhich can occur in the nipples or breast tissue as well as other places in the body.
There are a number of things that can alter the appearance, shape, or texture of your nipple or areola. Sometimes these are quick and temporary changes, such as a reaction to touch or cold temperature. Hormonal fluctuations e. But when the nipple or areola suddenly or unexpectedly change, it may be a sign of a medical issue.
The information should help you identify the most likely cause of your discomfort and take steps to resolve it. Whilst there are a number of causes of nipple pain, by far the most common is poor attachment at the breast. Experiment with different ways of holding your baby and also try letting your baby take the lead: sitting in a semi-reclined position and placing your baby on your front triggers his instinctive feeding reflexes laid-back breastfeeding.
The areolas can vary in size and shape, including round or oval shapes. In women, the areolas indicate the location of the mammary gland ducts. Between small openings are located in the areola, around the nipple, from which milk is released during breastfeeding. Additional glands in the areola produce oils that help lubricate the breasts during breastfeeding.