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    Default Constant Burning in Right Breast Normal?

    Hi all,

    I am 31 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child. Last week the constant burning covering my right breast came back.

    It comes back at the end of each pregnancy and last the duration of the time I breastfeed. I also have a deep-stabing pain in the same breast with each letdown.

    I previously saw two LCs who were puzzled and all possibilities of infections were looked into. My OBGYN was also puzzled and said everything looked fine.

    I haven't really thought about again until now and would really love to know why and if I can prevent it.

    Anyone got any ideas? or do I need to push to see a specialist?

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*arly1983 View Post
    Hi all,

    I am 31 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child. Last week the constant burning covering my right breast came back.

    It comes back at the end of each pregnancy and last the duration of the time I breastfeed. I also have a deep-stabing pain in the same breast with each letdown.

    I previously saw two LCs who were puzzled and all possibilities of infections were looked into. My OBGYN was also puzzled and said everything looked fine.

    I haven't really thought about again until now and would really love to know why and if I can prevent it.


    Anyone got any ideas? or do I need to push to see a specialist?

    Thanks
    I'm not really sure what that could be. I would try to get a second opinion. Breastfeeding should be enjoyable and not painful. Hope that you are able o get things worked out.


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    Yes, I would push to see a specialiast, its not nice to be in pain like that, you need some answers. A friend of mine was having sharp pains during feedings which nobody could diagnose. She saw a specialiast and it turns out, for some reason, her breasts produce crystals. Have you gone for a mammogram or ultrasound? BTW, not all LC are the same, make sure the ones you see are board-certified.

    Let me re-gurgitate what the Breastfeeding Answer Book has to say about deep breast pain. Some of it may or may not be relevant, see if any of it rings true.

    1) Muscle strain is sometimes perceived as breast pain during or between feedings.
    2) Raynaud's phenomenon. A sudden in intermittent narrowing of the arteries...muscle spasms in the artery walls cause the blood vessels to narrow, cutting off blood flow, which may cause numbness, tingling, burning sensations. It can be triggered by some drugs, such as beta-blockers, and by cigarette smoking.
    3) Breast abscess is a pus-filled cyst that can cause deep breast bain.
    4) Leaning over the breastfeed cna create tension in the mother's back and shoulders, which can cause pain that radiates to the breasts. The pain is felt in one or both breasts during feedings.
    5) Injury to the breast or an ill-fitting bra can cause breast pain such as soreness, bruising, or stabbing pain, especially underwires.
    6) Back injury or muscle strain. Has mother recently injured her back or engaged in vigorous exercise. sharp, shotting pain, radiating to the breast or arm
    7) Adhesions from a previous breast surgery or scarred breast tissue can cause pain when they are stretched during breastfeeidng. pain is usually felt in 1 breast
    8) Premenstrual pain, a cyclical feeling of heavy fullness and tenderness, pain is usually felt during and between feedings in both breasts, because breasts are swollen with blood and lymph fluid
    9) very large breasts are heavy and can pull on the connective tissues above the breasts, in this case, when the mother applies gentle pressure, tenderness would be felt above the breasts where they join the chest wall and near the third rib. pain independent of feedings
    10) fibrocystic disease. breast lumpiness. many women have other symptoms, such as breast pain and tenderness
    11) crash dieting. some women have reported deep breast pain during crash diets.
    12) galococele is a milk-filled cyst that can also cause deep breast pain.

    Diagnostic tests: x-rays will not affect milk, CAT and ultrasounds can distinguish solid breast lumps from cysts and abscesses., MRI, mamograms, fine-needle aspiration of a breast lump

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    Have you looked into the the possibility of Thrush? Usually when I hear of a burning sensation that's what I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*Jenna562 View Post
    Have you looked into the the possibility of Thrush? Usually when I hear of a burning sensation that's what I think.

    Me too!


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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*monika.h View Post
    2) Raynaud's phenomenon. A sudden in intermittent narrowing of the arteries...muscle spasms in the artery walls cause the blood vessels to narrow, cutting off blood flow, which may cause numbness, tingling, burning sensations. It can be triggered by some drugs, such as beta-blockers, and by cigarette smoking.
    I would also say Raynaud's, unless you have been on antibiotics recently and think it could be thrush. Especially because it can be common in a pregnant nursing mom.
    Vasospasm due to Raynaud's is more likely to occur on both sides (rather than just one nipple), lasts for relatively long periods of time (rather than for a few seconds or a few minutes), and can occur during pregnancy and/or at times unrelated to feeding. Nipple trauma (and other causes of compression blanching or vasospasm) can exacerbate the problem. Raynaud’s phenomenon may recur with subsequent pregnancies/breastfeeding, so be prepared to seek treatment quickly if you have experienced this in the past.

    Check out this info here and here.

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    For the meantime, maybe you could use a heating pad. I've had so many problems bf, but really warm showers, heating pads and massage have helped me get through the tough times.

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    I also would think Raynaud's or thrush... Does the nipple on that side change color at all while you are experiencing the burning? Aside from letdown, is there a particular time that it is worse? (i.e. in the cold)
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    Hi everyone, so sorry I never got back to this thread. We have been moving and just got our internet back.

    Thanks so much to everyone who replied to this thread.


    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*nolies.mama View Post
    I would also say Raynaud's, unless you have been on antibiotics recently and think it could be thrush. Especially because it can be common in a pregnant nursing mom.
    LOL, actually the oppisite. I have been on diflucan twice in the last 4 months.

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*kaitlyns.mom View Post
    I also would think Raynaud's or thrush... Does the nipple on that side change color at all while you are experiencing the burning? Aside from letdown, is there a particular time that it is worse? (i.e. in the cold)
    The color doesn't change though the burning seems to be brought by sex and sometimes taking my bra off after a long day. Usually doesn't bother me at all unless I am nursing or pregnant.

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*monika.h View Post
    7) Adhesions from a previous breast surgery or scarred breast tissue can cause pain when they are stretched during breastfeeidng. pain is usually felt in 1 breast
    I had 1 large and 3 small lumps removed from my right breast 7 years ago. I was diagnosised as fibercystic shortly after and have mamagrams once a year to check on my lumps. I had never connected until I read the above. Do you think they would have mentioned anything if they saw it on a mamagram?

    Thanks for the information on Raynaud's. I will be sure to mention it.

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    7) Adhesions from a previous breast surgery or scarred breast tissue can cause pain when they are stretched during breastfeeidng. pain is usually felt in 1 breast
    10) fibrocystic disease. breast lumpiness. many women have other symptoms, such as breast pain and tenderness
    From what you've said, you have numbers 7 and 10. Unfortunately, the BreastFeeding Answer Book doesn't discuss treatments. Sounds like what you need is a surgeon who's knowledgeable about breastfeeding to give you options for treatment. Sorry you are experiencing this, I hope you can find some answers.
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    We have 2 beautiful children: Luana who's 9 y/o, had breastmilk for 2 years and is smart as a whip. Lucas who came out kickin', is 4 y/o and continues to enjoy his milkies.

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