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Milk ducts feel swollen but stoped breastfeeding 4 years ago
Dev05 posted:
I woke up this morning and my breast felt heavy and were a lil sensitive. My breast do tend to get a lil sensitive just before my period, but my period not due for another week and a half. Also when i was washing my body i could feel my milk duct they felt swollen in both breast. I know its normal for ur breast to feel sensitive before ur period but what about ur ducts being swollen? I'm 25 with 2 children i breastfed both of them for over a year but stoped BF 4 years ago. Not on any birth control (we use the pull out method along with calendar/ i know when i ovulate)
Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP responded:
Dear Dev: If you have a shorter/lighter period or missed period the first thing to rule out is an undetected pregnancy. Another possible cause of increased breast heaviness/sensitivity would be a missed ovulation. The resulting estrogen dominance can prompt breast sensitivity. This is similar to the breast changes some women get when starting on estrogen (eg post-menopause or on a higher estrogen birth control pill).

If the bilateral duct enlargement persists you should see your OB/GYN for a focused breast exam. They can give you the most "for sure" answer after a good history and palpation of the breast tissue.


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