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user1499451561 Sat 10-Mar-18 16:05:26

I gave birth 10 days ago and I've noticed a lump fairy small under my left armpit, I've been to the gp and they just scared the crap out of me basically and told me to come back in a week to see if it had reduced or gone. They also said that if it was cancer a week woudnt make a difference! I'm 23 and hoping the likely hood of it been cancer is slim!! I've had an infection also and just hoping it's something related to that! Have any other mams experienced this after childbirth?? I'm also not breast feeding and my milk came in about a week ago

meme70 Sat 10-Mar-18 16:32:00

See another doctor it I’m sure is ok

saratustra Sun 11-Mar-18 12:29:25

OP, I feel your pain... Slightly different case, I had red bruising / patch on my left breast in week 35 of my pregnancy and was told it could be IBC, but they gave me a few creams and asked me to wait for 1 week before referring me to a breast surgeon. It was nothing in the end. Lumps and skin changes on breasts are quite common in pregnancy and right after birth, around the time milk comes in, I would say your lump is unlikely to be anything sinister but you also did the right thing going to see the doctor, I'm sure he/she will put your mind at ease very soon x

SleepingInYourFlowerbed Sun 11-Mar-18 12:31:20

Could it be an infected lymph node if you have had an infection?

RoseAndRose Sun 11-Mar-18 12:34:37

Lymph nodes can become enlarged following an infection.

The guidelines for 2-week rule referrals for younger women are a bit different to those for people in the higher risk age groups. So even though it must be tough not knowing, waiting to see if it ebbs spontaneously as the last traces of infection clear does sound like a reasonable response. Especially as it sounds as if there will be a 2-week rule referral if it doesn't.

glorious Sun 11-Mar-18 12:39:44

Is it tender? There's a small chance it could be a blocked milk duct (there is a small amount of breast tissue in your armpit). If you think it might be then there are lots of things you could try to clear it. www.nct.org.uk/parenting/breastfeeding-blocked-milk-ducts. You could maybe call one of the breastfeeding helplines (whether you are breastfeeding or not) to talk it through?

Obviously do follow the doctor's advice and go back if it doesn't go away.

LorelaiVictoriaGilmore Tue 13-Mar-18 03:43:23

I had this too just a few weeks ago and had same advice from doctor. Flipped out and booked myself in to see a breast specialist. In my case I was told that it was essentially breast tissue that had got engorged when my milk came in and hadn't gone down yet. As I'm breastfeeding, I'm going to have to live with the lump for as long as I keep feeding.

Tanfastic Tue 13-Mar-18 04:07:22

Is the lump tender?

After I had a baby the lymph nodes under my arms became inflamed. I had no idea why but they went down in a week or so. I didn’t breastfeed, not sure if that had anything to do with It.

If it’s tender I wouldn’t worry at all, it will go down in a few days.

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