Pain in my breast

Christie - posted on 07/20/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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What does it mean when ur having sharp needle like pain in ur breast is this normal?

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Karen - posted on 11/28/2012

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Im actually getting these pains now. I havent been breast feeding for over 12 months now. Its happening on a daily basis and has been happening for over a week now. No im not pregnant, did a pregnancy test, and im one these people that can tell im pregnant almost instantly, both my kids i found out i was pregnant with, in the first week of actually concieving. So nope its not that. Just had my period also.

Rebecca - posted on 07/23/2009

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You may experience fleeting pain in your breasts when your milk "lets down". The letdown reflex, also known as the milk ejection reflex, is caused by the action of the hormone, oxytocin. Oxytocin stimulates the muscles of the breast to squeeze out milk. In the first few days after the birth, the hormone is released in response to your baby suckling. Later, anything that makes you think about your baby, or feeding your baby, can trigger this hormone release. Some mothers find that their breasts leak when this happens. Alot of women feel a discomfort or pain with let down and it is very common.

Thrush pain, unlike letdown pain which is short-lived, persists throughout the feed and is usually even worse after feeds.

Sandra - posted on 07/24/2009

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I get the exact same thing around feeding time. If he hasn't been fed within 4 hours, my body reminds me so that I can get him up, or pump it out for later.

Christine - posted on 07/24/2009

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Whenever my milk lets down, my nipples get the 'pins and needles' feeling, like when you're foot's been asleep and is waking up. It's not very comfortable, but it only lasts a few seconds, and then milk comes, and baby is happy. That's what it sounds like to me.

Rochelle - posted on 07/20/2009

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Feel around and make sure there's no hard lumps, if there is try and massage them out. you could have a clogged duct. Also could be a sign of mastitis, an infection. But it could be nothing too, i had those pains when i first started breastfeeding and they just went away after a bit. Hope this helps!

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Felicia - posted on 07/24/2009

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If you're breastfeeding check your child's mouth for a yellow/white coating. It may be thrush. Both my sons had this for months. I got it in both my nipples with my first son. It stung all the time but especially while feeding. There are natural methods like Gentian Violet but there are also antibiotics you can get for it. If it is thrush both you and the baby need to be treated. It could also be mastitis . Either way it is something you should see a doctor about. Left untreated it can be really harmful.

Tess - posted on 07/23/2009

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Based on your last comment, it sounds like it's your let down however you might have thrush. You should go to the doctor to have a check up. If you do have thrush you will pass it onto your child. Good luck and hope it gets sorted.

Christie - posted on 07/22/2009

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Its sharp it lasts about five seconds and immediately my breast start to leak then it goes away.

Arwen - posted on 07/20/2009

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It could be any number of things. If you are nursing, you might have a clogged duct. Some people experience that with pregnancy. I know that most of the time if it hurts, it's something easily treated. Could you describe it more?

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Sounds like mastitis if you are BF. Make sure baby is emptying the breast completely. It is very common in the first two months of BF, but can happen anytime while BF. -- You should go to your OB/Gyn. for a RX for the mastitis. Just a guess, but good luck! Call the doc. to tell them and see what they say! Good Luck.

Carol - posted on 07/20/2009

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are you breast feeding? cause that used to happen to me after I fed, could be that.

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