Last update Feb. 12, 2020
Very Low Risk
Fibrocystic breasts are benign changes in breast tissue that occur in more than half of women and consist of the appearance of cysts, nodules and multiple thickening in both breasts that change in size with the menstrual cycle.
They can cause pain and increased sensitivity to touch, especially in the upper outer quadrant of the breast.
They are due to a benign proliferation of the alveolar system of hormonal origin (Brkic 2018, MedlinePlus 2018).
There may be bloody or greenish-brown discharge from the nipple. A case of vomiting of blood has been reported in an infant whose mother had fibrocystic breasts (Aksoy 2013).
Ultrasound and puncture biopsy may be required for diagnosis, especially if there are nodules larger than 2 cm.
Anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen or paracetamol and oral contraceptives used for treatment are compatible with breastfeeding. No other treatment or dietary restriction is effective (Rohan 2008).
Symptomatology may appear during breastfeeding, but is not influenced by it (Bernardi 2012). Fibrocystic breasts do not contraindicate breastfeeding (Lawrence 2016 p610).
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