Breast Health

Breast health is often associated with breast cancer. Most women, however, have non-cancerous breast health concerns as well. These include breast pain, breastfeeding, nipple discharge, fibrocystic breasts, and lymph nodes.

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Breast Health

Why would a woman leak breast milk if she's not pregnant?

Perhaps there are many possible factors such as:

1. GROWTH HORMONES (GH) or somatotrophin and chicken prolactin/ovine prolactin administered by the poultry manufacturing industry in chickens, subsequently affects the pituitary gland to produce breast milk hormones (the fact that I've changed my diet from an Organic Raw Vegetarian to Semi Vegetarian which includes fish and poultry of non organic producers) which increase breast size in humans this would be chicken prolactin which increases the size of chickens and 'fattens' the chickens; (check out:

2. GLAND STIMULATION from SUCKING THE BREASTSduring love making. The blood flow stimulates the glands of the breasts.;

3. ENLARGED PITUITARY CONDITION -- The pituitary gland in addition to producing other hormones for glands like the adrenals (ACTH), growth hormones (GH), thryoid (TSH), follicles for hair (FSH), to name a few, also produces the prolactin hormone (PRL) for breast milk growth. An imbalance can cause a tumor in the Pituitary Gland called hyperprolactinaemia.

4. MEDICATIONS such as metoclopramide or thioridazine cause increased levels of the prolactin hormone;

5. DUCT ECTASIA in older women can increase milk secretion in the breasts.

Breast Health

How much does a double d breasts weigh?

a double d breast weighs from 1-3 pounds

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What does it mean if your nipples hurt?

If your nipples hurt or you have tender breasts it just means that your boobs are growing and you are getting ready to start your period or have your next period, in other words it is perfectly normal.

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Breast Health

Are hard nipples a symptom of pregnancy?

Breast tenderness is as a sign of pregnancy.

From a mild tingling in the breasts, a gentle swelling, or an aching soreness, the breasts go through changes in response to the shifting hormones in your body that are an early sign of pregnancy.

Small "bumps" on your nipples as a sign of pregnancy.

You may never have noticed before, but there are small bumps on your nipples, called "Mongomery's tubercles." These become much more pronounced during pregnancy and secrete an oily fluid in preparation for breastfeeding. Nipples also change color during pregnancy, becoming a darker brown versus a lighter pink before pregnancy.

  • I am 5 weeks pregnant and my nipples are very hard, big and they are very itching for about last 4 days.
  • It is a real possibility. I am 10 weeks pregnant and hard nipples were my very first symptom. Before I even missed a period my nipples were flying at full staff and itching like crazy.
  • Hard nipples on their own are not a sign of pregnancy but if you are pregnant you may well get hard nipples.
  • Well, I'm five weeks pregnant, and hard nipples were my first sign. Really the only way to tell if you're pregnant is to take a test.
Breast Health

Is pregnancy the only reason for darker nipples?

No, a period can also cause this.

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Breast Health

If your nipples are always hard is there something wrong?

If you mean that they are always erect it is normal and nothing wrong with you.

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Breast Health

Could thrush and a sore throat and slightly sore nipples be a sign of early pregnancy?

Some women are more prone to yeast infections during pregnancy, and sore breasts and/or nipples is a sign of pregnancy.

The sore throat could be related to the thrush (yeast) - but is not a sign of pregnancy.

If you are questioning a possible pregnancy you should take a test and remove all doubt.

Breast Health

You are a female why do you have sore nipples?

Sore nipples can be caused by many things, and are usually not anything to worry about.

Runners often get sore nipples. If you dont wear a sports bra, or other type bra with proper support, your nipples can rub with too much friction, causing them to hurt and be sore.

Hormones also often cause sore nipples. Around the time of the month when you have your period, your hormones are flaring. At this time, it is normal to have sore, tender nipples, which should go away about when your period ends. Additionally, sometimes certain birth control pills can make your nipples sore. They alter your body's hormones and can cause the same response as during your period. Pregnancy hormones can also frequently cause sore nipples.

Dryness of the nipple can cause soreness. Some women have problems with dry cracked nipples, and putting a balm or salve on them daily can help.

Nursing can cause nipple soreness. If youre nursing though, you are probably already aware.

If the soreness becomes a problem, or does not let up, see your doctor for a definitive diagnosis.

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Breast Health

What should you do if you have a lump on the bottom of your left breast?

A lump can be many things, however, it is important to contact your doctor to find out what it is. He/she will first do a clinical breast exam, and then possibly schedule you for a diagnostic mammogram and sonogram.

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Is there anything that you can apply to sore dry bleeding nipples?

PRO-LAN, omg, it works so good and if you are breastfeeding, which I'm sure you are because of this question, it won't hurt the baby, so you don't have to wash it off before feeding. This stage will pass, though, in the meantime find some pro-lan.

AnswerGeranium Leaves!It is the best working, most natural , cheapest option!All u have to do is have the fury side against your nipple and the smooth against breast pad keep it there until next feed then change to a new one no need to wash nipples between feeds!U can store cut leaves in a plastic bag in the fridge!! AnswerI have recently suffered from a dry skin problem around my eyes and lips. I have used Aloe Vera gel with great success. It is non-toxic, healing, antiseptic, moisturising and soothing in very sensitive areas. You can buy 100% gel for �4.99 over the counter. As a previous sufferer, I wish I had known about it at the time. I believe it would be perfect for the nipple area. AnswerYou don't say whether or not you are breast feeding.

If you are breast feeding perhaps the baby is not latching on properly. Check with your doctor to see if there are any local breast feeding clinics you can attend.

If you are not breast feeding contact your doctor immediately. There can be many causes for bleeding nipples, and breast cancer is one of them.

AnswerIf I were breastfeeding and experiencing these symptoms, I'd check with a lactation nurse...any hospital should have one. One thing that is available is Udder Cream. It was originally used for milk cows because in the winter their udders chap, crack and bleed. There are human use formulas, and they work WONDERFULLY. AnswerI agree with the first of these answers, Pro-Lan is marketed specifically for mother's that are breast feeding. However, I also agree with the answer regarding "latching on". Ask your pediatrician whom they would recommend as a resource for your breast feeding questions. And yes, hospitals staff nurses who have the know how so use that too! Answerif you are breastfeeding, at the end of every feed express a few drops of milk and rub them into your nipples, this worked wonders for me and was reccomended to me by my grandmother (they almost always know best!) if this doesnt work try kamilosan (they sell it here in England but i don't know where you are and whether they sell it where u are! it looks revolting but it certainly does work, id try the breastmilk thing first tho (its free!)


Try "hydrous lanolin" cream. Can get it in a drug store, or in a music store (it's used on trombone slides).


  • Hand express or pump a few minutes before the feeding. This will elicit letdown and elongate the nipple for the baby so that he does not nurse so aggressively.
  • Nurse on the least sore side first as this is the side that your baby will nurse more aggressively on.
  • You may want to take a mild pain reliever such as Tylenol or Advil about 30 minutes prior to nursing or around the clock until your discomfort lessens or disappears. Both of these drugs are compatible with breastfeeding.
  • Open both sides of your bra during the feeding.
  • Consider applying warm, wet tea bags to your nipples for a short time after nursing. Many moms report that this can be very soothing.
  • Warm, moist compresses (wet washcloth works well) often bring relief to nipples both before and after nursing.
  • After feeding, pat dry your nipples and express some breast milk to rub into them (this should be avoided if you have thrush as it thrives in milk). Breast milk has Vitamin E in it which is very healing to the skin. Note: Avoid applying Vitamin E oil from a capsule to your nipples as this can be toxic to your baby!
  • You also may want to apply a 100% USP modified lanolin preparation, such as Purelan 100, to your nipples after nursing. Apply enough to thoroughly coat the entire nipple/areola area. This does not need to be washed off prior to nursing as it is safe for baby to ingest. Recent studies seem to indicate that using 100% lanolin may hasten the healing process by maintaining the internal moisture of the skin. Avoid other creams and ointments sold for the treatment of sore nipples as these may actually impede healing by preventing air circulation and drying out the skin. Some of these other preparations may also be toxic to your baby and will need to washed off prior to nursing. Over-washing of the nipple area results in a loss of the natural lubricants that protect it and provide it with antibacterial properties.
  • Some moms find a hydrogel pad soothing and healing to nipple trauma.
  • Change your nursing pads immediately once they become even slightly damp. Moisture up against your nipples can prolong healing. If your pad sticks to your nipple moisten it with water before attempting to remove it. Also avoid nursing pads with plastic linings. They prevent the flow of air which is essential to healthy nipples. Stick with 100% cotton pads or pads made of plain paper.
  • If your nipples become so sore that you cannot tolerate the pressure of your bra or clothing on them and it is painful for you to hold your baby, you might want to consider wearing breast shells inside your bra to protect your nipples as they heal.
  • If you find it impossible to nurse your baby due to nipple soreness, you may opt to feed him with an alternative feeding device such as an eye dropper, medicine dropper, feeding syringe, soft, flexible medicine cup, spoon, or nursing supplementer , attached to your finger, while your nipples heal. Bottles are best avoided due to the risk of nipple confusion, especially if your baby is less than 4 weeks old. If a faulty latch-on is the cause of your nipple soreness, introducing a bottle may result in an even poorer latch-on as your baby will then try to latch on to your breast tissue as he does the bottle nipple. Contact a La Leche League leader or lactation consultant for assistance in using one of these devices. If only one nipple is very sore, you may decide to feed your baby from the well side only while pumping the other side. The baby can get all that he needs from one side as long as you allow him to nurse frequently. You will want to pump the other side as often as your baby nurses for 10-15 minutes each time. If taking the baby off both breasts and instead pumping for a few days is necessary, it's preferable to use a hospital-grade double, electric pump which will maintain your supply more efficiently till your baby is back to nursing.
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Does Medicare pay for mammogram screening?

If a woman is 40 years of age or older and on Medicare or Medicaid, they will pay for one screening each year.

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Lactation and Breastfeeding

What does it mean when your nipples are sensitive?

If you are older (20's 30's) it may meen you are pregnant. Ask your local doctor about it. If you are younger (teen, young teen etc) and it hurts when you knock your nipple or when you touch it, it means you are starting puberty. If you feel a little ball shape under your nipples, DON'T WORRY IT'S NOT BREAST CANCER!!! That's what I thought is was but it is actually called a bud. A bud is your nipples developing into breasts. Don't feel uncomfortable if you haven't talked to you mum about it. She has been through all of this before and im sure she will understand. ; ) don't be nervous to speak up <3

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What is the most sensitive part of a woman's breast?

The Nipples are most sensitive.

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Male Puberty

Why do boys have nipples?

While you are developing in the womb, your sex is not decided until several weeks after conception. So for the first few weeks of your life, you are neither a girl or a boy, and it is during this time that the nipples are formed so that if you are a girl, you can use them. Seems kind of backwards to me, why don't they decide the sex then add the nipples if necessary? Bizarre. Another possible reason is, how freaky would men look without them? Ugh.

Breast Health

What does it mean if your nipples are peeling?

It may mean they they are growing, you are pregnant, or it could be breast cancer.

You should see a doctor.

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Are you supposed to massage the breasts after breast implant surgery?

Massaging the breasts after breast implant surgery is highly recommended as it may reduce the chances of capsular contraction occurring, especially in cases where the implants have been positioned over the muscle.

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Does your period change the color of your nipple?


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What is the breast size of Lara dutta?

  1. it is thirty five ccc
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Breast Health

How soon could you feel cramping bloated and sore nipples after getting pregnant?

Some women feel symptoms right away, some never feel any symptoms. But on average women start to feel all of those symptoms a few weeks after getting pregnant. But those can all by symptoms of PMS too.

As soon as 4 days past ovulation. It is indeed different for every women.

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Female Puberty

How do you get puffy nipples?

could be pregnant

Sometime nipple inflamation or soreness of the breasts are caused by PMS or pre-menstrual syndrome

honny, it comes along with puberty

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Breast Pain

Is wearing a bra good for breast health and daily routine and does it have any disadvantages?

No. Actually bras prevent proper lymphatic drainage of the breasts which could contribute to breast cancer. There is a study confirming that wearing bras for longer hours increase the breast cancer risk.

Breast Health

Do you get sore nipples before your period?

You can get sore nipples before your period. This is normal, and to be expected. Hormonal changes and fluctuations around this time of the month cause some soreness to the nipples. Advil or Tylenol can be taken to help with the soreness, as well as the other discomforts of PMS.

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I have a Small hard lump in my breast under my nipple and i am only 13 it hurts if i touch it but not that badly What is it?

the same exact thing happened to me too and i am 13 as well too. but i did get it checked out by my doctor and i had all the symptoms as you did and this thing in your boob is a nodule in your breast . it will first appear in only one of your breast but then later on it will develop into the other . my doctor said its nothing to worry about its just your body is maturing and getting ready to develop . all it is in just little words is your period is going to come soon . some girls may not get this though!! and once u get ur period the pain in your breast will start to go away ... well good luck!!


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