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Tuesday, November 18, 2008 Jas, Community Member, asks

Q: i started feeling a burning sensation on my right breast, but i'm breastfeeding. is it normal?

I am breastfeeding, have been for 7 months now. Then about 21/2 weeks ago i started feeling these burning sensations in my right breast.  I also noticed that my breast will harden and feel sore for about 2 days.  I can feel a big lump where the burning usually appears but i cannot tell if it is just my milk dried up. Also my  left breast has been 3x bigger than my right side since i gave birth to my first child in 1999.  I'm really worried and not sure what to think.  I've asked my doctor about it, but i was told that i have to stop breastfeeding before they can do anything.  I no longer have medical insurance so i'm not able to go see a doctor right away...  So if there is any advise you can give me, I'd truely appreciate it.... 

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
11/18/08 4:55pm

Sorry, Jas, you have such a mix of symptoms/circumstances here, I'm not able to recommend anything other than that you need to see a doctor to get it all straightened out. Your regular GP didn't seem concerned; do you not trust him/her? I can tell you that in general, burning and pain aren't a symptom of breast cancer, unless they worsen, your bread becomes red (looks infected), and/or becomes itchy or swollen. However, I don't like the sound of a "big lump" in your breast. So, perhaps you could go to your local hospital and ask to see social services; tell them you feel a lump in your breast, and don't have insurance, and can they help you somehow. Maybe that would get you in to see someone at a low cost - worth a try. Good luck - PJH

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By Jas, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/03/12, First Published: 11/18/08