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painful lumps and breastfeeding

I am currently breast feeding my 17 week old baby.  i do have to use a pump durning work hours.  On Monday I woke w/three large painful lumps in left breast.  After reveiwing ultra sound dr. said wait to see by Thursday they were gone. Dr. had no explaintion.  7 days later found painfully lump in right breast around 2o'clock position of breast.  Should I wait to see if it goes away like others or seek dr. opinion.  Any idea what causes is? BreastFeeding? Baby seems to nurse fine on breast however could it be a clogged duct?
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Dear lrbradley, It is best to discuss your symptoms with your doctor so the situation can be evaluated. With painful lumps that come and go during breast feeding the concern would be if there was any infection that needed treatment.  They can also discuss with you how to manage your symptoms.
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I am still currently breastfeeding my 10mth old, with breast cancer.  I thought my lump was a plugged duct, initially.  After doing the appropriate massaging, it did not seem to improve.  It also became hard.  Since I was breastfeeding, I did not have a mammogram.  I did have an ultrasound, where it was determined the mass was solid.  Again I would urge you to seek treatment, as I never thought I would have breast cancer at 28.  I have done incredible research in determining I can breastfeed thru all my testings, with the excemption of some radioactive dye injections.  I can even breastfeed during radiation, on my healthy breast..

Also there is a condition called fibroadenoma, which is common in pregnant or lactating women.  Again don't assume it's this, but get it checked out
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