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    Last year before I fell pregnant I was diagnosed with a sebaceous cyst in my left nipple, about the size of a grain of rice. It did not hurt at all.

    Recently I have started leaking colostrum, and now this cyst has gotten heaps bigger (about the size of a five cent coin) and is hot / burny and tingly. Is this a problem, or is it just colostrum forming?

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    It might be worth seeing a Lactation Consultant about this one - it does sound like there is some inflammation going on too. Maybe colostrum is backing up behind the cyst and is unable to be released (blocking the duct). A GP could also stick a needle in and drain the cyst. I have had this done a few times with various sized cysts in my breasts. I had an ongoing problem after recurrent mastitis and at one stage developed a cyst the size of a 50 cent coin in my right side. Not fun. It was affecting my letdown and I worried about it putting pressure on the surrounding ducts. It got better quickly after getting it drained twice.
    All the best - hope it feels a bit better soon

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    I was going to suggest a GP draining it too, seeing if that helped.
    A LC may be able to help too.

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    Thanks Bronners. I might show my GP and ask him to drain it, because the heat in my boob is increasing. Hot showers and massage didn't seem to budge the lump.

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    oscaroscar, do you have any flu-ey type symptoms? It sounds like you have mastitis. Mastitis is not only something that occurs in bfing mothers, so I think you would be best off getting it checked out by your GP and having it resolved.

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    I also would get this checked out - and sooner rather than later. I would say it could be a blocked duct, or even mastitis. Let us know how you go.

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    Can you get mastitis from colostrum, or only from actual breastmilk? I do feel a bit fluey, but we are coming into the cooler months and I am 8 months pregnant LOL.

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    You can get mastitis when you are pg, although it's not common it can certainly happen. I think it would be best to see a doctor today if you can (why do these things always happen on weekends and holidays?). If it is mastitis you will need abs.

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    Thanks Manta Ray. I'm a bit hesitant to see my normal GP because he seems unknowledgeable about pregnancy related issues . Do you think a midwife would be better? I can call them and get an appointment as soon as I can. I do think its weird that the cyst is larger (and hot!) now that my colostrum is leaking.

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    Hot is definitely a sign of mastitis hun, so please don't delay. A mw should be ok except may not be able to prescribe abs - I'm not sure about that. I had mastitis in hossy with DS1 and the mw told me the red was in the wrong place, but I would think that most mws would know about mastitis. GL hun, I hope you find someone who can help you.

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