Help for itchy breasts while breastfeeding

Chrissy - posted on 11/07/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My daughter is about to turn 8 months old & I still love to breastfeed her, but around 4 months my breasts became very itchy. Especially when they were empty, but sometimes all the time. It really didnt bother me until I noticed that I was scratching myself open at night while I slept. I spoke to a LC and she told me it was the low estrogen from breastfeeding and it would go away after she was weened. I have tried lotions, but I have to make sure that its not on the areola to contaminate her milk. The lanolin is ok, but it is so sticky that it makes me feel yucky and now I have a full blown patches of discoloration & dry skin that looks like a rash. Anyone else experience itchy breasts while breastfeeding & have any suggestions?

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Jennifer - posted on 11/10/2009

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I have the same problem with itchy breasts and I'm breastfeeding! But, mine normally itch while I am breastfeeding! It drives me nuts!

Lori - posted on 11/08/2009

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My breasts get itchy a lot too - though sounds like not as bad as you, poor thing! But I do have severely dry skin even without the extra hormones, so I've always struggled with itchy skin, especially around this time of year. Not sure which lotions you've tried, but I've found Eucerin Calming Itch Relief lotion to help a lot - I only use it on the breast, avoiding the nipple. I generally apply it after a shower, and maybe right before bed if needed, and it does a good job in soothing the skin. Good luck!

Hannah - posted on 04/02/2012

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Mine is not so severe as yours sounds but, yes. I have itchy breast that usually only itch when she has just drained them. I thought it had something to do with my stretch-marks (I don't know why!) but now I know I am not the only one!

Paula - posted on 05/08/2012

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Id try a cream based in zinc and fish oils, appropriate for diapers rash too. Remove excess bf breastfeeding.

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I thought I was the only one who had itchy breasts while breastfeeding. Your's seems a little worst than mine but i do understand. It seems to happen to me when I am actually feeding only. I can only suggest what i have used which is the same as Lori, Eucerin calming creme.

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Malika - posted on 03/21/2014

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Mine itch like crazy sometimes. It comes and goes. I think It may be because I leak and don't change my breast pads enough. Kind of yucky 😁 but i find that my breast pads are ao absorbent I don't feel wet, but then when I chat around to changing th it's pretty ibvious they are moist.

Brittany - posted on 06/15/2012

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I have the same problem, and it seems to be getting worse lately. I woke myself up scratching last night. I'm glad to see I'm not the only person. I too tried the lanolin but felt sticky and yucky. I'm not seeing dry skin patches but do have small bumps occurring now and have scratched myself raw. I wish I could offer help but I seem to be in the same boat as you:( Hope it gets better for ya!

Kaz - posted on 11/10/2009

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I suffered from itchy breasts while breastfeeding for a while found a really good moisturizer helped, defiantly worth getting thrush/candida ruled out.



If the lactation consultant thinks it is low oestrogen causing itchy breasts while breastfeeding try looking at the diet recommended for menopause and PMS which can involve foods which help increase oestrogen http://www.holisticonline.com/Remedies/H...

Debbie - posted on 11/10/2009

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Perhaps it is thrush? Look on www.drjacknewman.com on the breastfeeding help there is a section on Candidia protocol that may help.

Kaz - posted on 11/10/2009

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I suffered from itchy breasts while breastfeeding for a while found a really good moisturizer helped, defiantly worth getting thrush/candida ruled out.



If the lactation consultant thinks it is low oestrogen causing itchy breasts while breastfeeding try looking at the diet recommended for menopause and PMS which can involve foods which help increase oestrogen http://www.holisticonline.com/Remedies/H...

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