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Is it normal to have fever after weaning?


I stopped breastfeeding almost 2 month ago, and I still have fever ~ 100 F and my breasts have these 'lumps'. Most likely these are clogged ducts, and my doctor said 99.9% of a time it's nothing to worry about, but... it's not going away and fever is still with me. I'm miserable now. The gyno thinks I should check back with him in 2-3 months. There is no way to do a mammogram right now because of the milk in my breasts...
What would you advise me to do? Take it easy or try to find another gyno? I do have some insurance restrictions, so it wouldn't be so easy...

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Asked by Tanya727 at 11:13 AM on Jun. 20, 2009 in Health

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  • 100 isn't a fever. Especially at night when the body's temperature is higher. 102 is a fever, but not bad. It sounds just like you have the milk drying up still. I had lumps for a while after I quit breastfeeding. I would also just follow your doctor's orders. I'm sure he knows what he is talking about :0)

    Answer by tangleballlover at 11:23 AM on Jun. 20, 2009

  • Thank you for the reply! I hope you're right.
    They have different definition of fever in Europe. Everything that's higher than 36.6 C (97.2 F) is considered a fever. I've never ever in my life had 100 F for such a long period of time.
    Also, I'm scared because I knew a women who died of cancer in similar circumstances. She was breastfeeding, had a lump in her breast, was told by a doctor that it's pretty common and suggested to check back in 6 months. By that time cancer was spreaded up everywhere... So sad!
    Now you probably see why I'm so worried about my situation.

    Thanks for the answer again!

    Answer by Tanya727 at 11:58 AM on Jun. 20, 2009

  • Wow. That's crazy. A lot of doctors here aren't worried unless you have a fever of 103. Fevers aren't bad, it usually means you are warding off an infection. Although you may want to check back in if you are running a temp of 101F or higher and you are in pain and your breasts have red spots that are warm to the touch, b/c you might have mastitis which is basically an infected milk duct. I don't know for certain if you run a fever if you have cancer. My stepdad had colon cancer, but never ran a temp on a daily basis from what I can remember.

    Answer by tangleballlover at 12:21 PM on Jun. 20, 2009

  • No, there is no red spots, but it's tender. I hope it's not infected.
    Most likely I will give it another 2-3 weeks and go back to my gyno. May be they will be able to do ultrasound or something by that time.

    Answer by Tanya727 at 12:39 PM on Jun. 20, 2009

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