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Breastfeeding, and have swollen lymph nodes in armpits.

Have been breast feeding for 4 days now. Today have noticed swollen lymph nodes in left arm pit, and 2 swollen lymph nodes in right arm pit. Big question, is this normal? When will they go away? What it is it caused from? Help! In pain!

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Asked by Mskixxalot at 10:27 PM on Mar. 4, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Sounds like your milk has come in, and your milk ducts are swollen. You have milk ducts that far back, and they feel like lymph nodes. Totally normal! Sometimes, you may be able to see them on the breasts as well. You can put a warm compress on them to help relieve the pain, and stimulate the milk to come down. Get in touch with a lactation consultant if it doesn't go away before it evolves into mastitis. Get that baby on as often as you can. It may be a clogged duct, which can be painful.

    Answer by musicpisces at 10:30 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

  • That would be your milk mama. Keep the baby to the boob and pump if you have to between feedings to let off the pressure.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:41 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

  • You have a ton of milk! That's great!

    If you will be pumping to go back to work or school, now is a great time to get your freezer stash filled!

    You can make boob tubes: fill a tube sock with dry uncooked plain rice. Sew up the end. Stick it in the microwave for 90 seconds. Wrap the warm tube around your breasts to releive pressure.

    Answer by ecodani at 12:57 AM on Mar. 5, 2011

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