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I have been breast feeding a newborn for about 3 months. I

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I have been breast feeding a newborn for about 3 months. I feel sharp pains and burning on my breasts throughout the day when I am not feeding. Could their be something wrong with my milk or breast?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 years ago.
Any extra swelling, redness, tenderness or warmth to your breasts?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 years ago.
Can you see my question above?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
no additional pain swelling etc.
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 years ago.
OK. The reason I asked is that this could be mastitis--breast infection--and that would require antibiotics. You probably have blocked milk ducts and that isn't really much of a problem. Moist heat to the breasts before nursing and between feedings, increase the feedings or use a breast pump to empty the breasts as much as possible, and, if you aren't already wearing one, wear a support bra and try to sleep on your back. The ducts should open up soon, but if redness and warmth occur, then it could have evolved into mastitis and you'll need antibiotics for that.