She works as a nutrition and wellness coach with focuses on infant and maternal nutrition, mindful eating, and weight loss. Blocked ducts are an all-too common frustration for breastfeeding mamas. A blocked duct occurs when the flow of milk through your breast becomes obstructed also known as milk stasis. The most common sign is a hard lump in the affected breast, which may also be sore, red or swollen near the blockage.
A Hard Lump in Breast and Breastfeeding
Types of Breast Lumps Found in a Breastfeeding Mother
Mastitis, which mainly affects breast-feeding women, causes redness, swelling and pain in one or both breasts. Mastitis is an inflammation of breast tissue that sometimes involves an infection. The inflammation results in breast pain, swelling, warmth and redness. You might also have fever and chills. Mastitis most commonly affects women who are breast-feeding lactation mastitis. But mastitis can occur in women who aren't breast-feeding and in men.
Avoiding and managing blocked ducts
After nursing her first daughter for nearly six months with virtually no problems, Meagan E. Not knowing the cause, Meagan Googled her symptoms, trying recommended remedies such as hot compresses, gentle massage and pumping to relieve the pressure. The diagnosis? Mastitis, and she was given an antibiotic to clear it up. Either way, the breast is red, swollen and sore.
Jordan Bucher is a journalist in Austin, Texas who has been writing professionally since A breast lump alarms most women under normal circumstances, but breastfeeding mothers might also worry about how the lump could affect their babies. While many women immediately fear breast cancer, they should rest assured that it is extremely rare in breastfeeding women. La Leche League International reports that for each year she breastfeeds, a woman's risk of breast cancer decreases by 4. In most cases, a breast lump is not serious and will not adversely affect the baby or the breastfeeding relationship.