My left nipple started feeling hard and sore a minute ago do I went to the bathroom and squeezed it too see if I still had milk. My son has been weaned for a few weeks not...about 3. A little drop came out and it was thick and green. Why is it green? And why is it hard and sore all of a sudden?Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 2:29 AM on Oct. 4, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)
Answer by CarolynBarnett at 2:36 AM on Oct. 4, 2008
You may have Mastitis. Breast mastitis is an infection that commonly affects women who are breast-feeding (especially during the first two months after childbirth) but can occur in all women at any time. Mastitis is a benign (non-cancerous) condition that can usually be treated successfully with antibiotics. Signs of mastitis include red, hot, painful, or inflamed breasts and other flu-like symptoms such as headache, nausea, high temperature (101 degrees Fahrenheit, 38.4 degrees Celsius or greater), or chills.
Answer by AvasMommy810 at 2:45 AM on Oct. 4, 2008
Answer by CarolynBarnett at 2:47 AM on Oct. 4, 2008
Answer by amydh at 12:01 PM on Oct. 4, 2008
Massaging it (if it IS mastitis) CAN help tremendously. It will NOT "spread the infection". Massaging the breast while nursing and taking antibiotics WILL help break up the clot and will improve healing time.
Sources: I have had mastitis five times.
Answer by AvasMommy810 at 11:33 PM on Oct. 4, 2008