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Lumpy Breasts After Weaning from Nursing

I weaned my son (almost 15 months old) from breastfeeding about 3 weeks ago with no problem. My breasts seemed back to normal with no engorgement or anything. But, last night while I was showering, I felt a bunch of lumps (that are also visible too) on my left breast (and a little one on the right side). The lumps are just outside of my areola area. They are a bit sore to the touch. I'm confused as to why I am lumpy now all of a sudden. I am in the middle of my period now (which just came back last month – I was in the weaning process then)... don't know if that has anything to do with it. I just don't know if this is normal or if I should be calling the doctor.

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Thanks for all the help! I massaged them while I was in the shower yesterday and found that I was able to express some milk which helped reduce the lumps and pain. I've never expressed with my hands (always used my pump) so it took a long time, but I feel much better. I think I'll try doing this in the shower for a while so I don't go filling up and getting lumpy again. If it gets bad, I'll try the cabbage (can't figure out why that works). Thanks so much!

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I had this too and I was engorged. I started pumping for 5 mins once for the first day and the next day I decreased to 4 mins. every day I decreased pumping that one time a day by 1 min until I was done pumping. I also applied cabbage leaves after pumping. this was all recommended by a lactation consultant. It worked and the engorgement was gone! try it and see if it works! good luck. feel free to contact me with any questions.

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I don't recall this problem but it would be worth a call to your gyne for at least peace of mind.

Hi T.,

It may be some clogged milk ducts. Try massaging them in the shower while using warm water. If they don't go away in a day, I would definitely call the Dr.

Congrats on breastfeeding your baby for such a long time - you should feel so proud!!

J.

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Similar thing happened to me. I weaned, then the whole family got a stomach virus the week afterward. I didn't get "lumpy" until about 3 weeks later and SORE. My girlfriend suggested cabbage leaves in my bra and warm showers with massage. When I showered, I did have milk still, so expressing a little did help me feel better.

If it goes on past that, do contact your doctor. I was advised to, but luckily these remedies helped and I was back to lump-free quickly:)

Good luck!

I got some lumps when I stopped nursing each of my kids as well. They did go away in time. I would still call your doc and let them know. It doesn't hurt to be seen, but I am sure its related to weaning so try not to worry too much.

Hey this happened to me too when I stopped breast feeding. I used my pump and got about an ounce out and no more lumps. I think it was just clogged ducts. Anyway, I would try that or cabbage leaves and pumping. Good luck and if it gets too painful, def call your dr or obgyn.

I had this too and I was engorged. I started pumping for 5 mins once for the first day and the next day I decreased to 4 mins. every day I decreased pumping that one time a day by 1 min until I was done pumping. I also applied cabbage leaves after pumping. this was all recommended by a lactation consultant. It worked and the engorgement was gone! try it and see if it works! good luck. feel free to contact me with any questions.

It happened to me too and it lasted about 2 months before they went totally back to normal. My OB told me this is normal as your breast tissue recovers. I also used cabbage leaves and they were very soothing.

The same thing happened to me after weaning. The lumps lasted for a couple weeks, or maybe a few, but they gradually got smaller and smaller, and then disappeared.

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