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 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I make my breasts look better after giving birth? I could not breastfeed my baby, and had swollen breasts, but they are better now. I gave birth six months ago. What should I do?

Vidhi (Virginia Beach, USA)

A: You will have to do some exercises to firm up your chest muscles. Also, massage your breasts with a vitamin-E cream, to keep the skin firm

Dr. Asha Paranjpe


Q: I breastfed my daughter till she was 8 months old, but though I have stopped breastfeeding her more than fifteen months ago, I still get a white discharge from my breasts, similar to milk. It has no smell. I don't have any cysts. Why are my breasts still producing milk?

Urmi (Mumbai, India)

A: Please do not try to express out the milk, as more you express out, the more will fill up. If you take tab BROM [1.25 mg] (once a day, at bedtime daily for 10 days) or tab MIXOGEN (one tablet twice a day for 1 week), the milk secretion will stop. If it still persists after the medication, you will need to see a doctor.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe


Q: When I breastfeed my baby from the right breast, I feel a tension and excruciating pain in my left breast for a few seconds. This only happens in the left breast, just above the aureola. Is this normal? Is there cause to worry? I do not wear a bra. My breasts are normal size.

Jiya (New York, USA)

A: I do advise you to wear a bra. It not only provides support but also helps maintain the shape of the breast and prevents them from sagging. Get a feeding bra - those are definitely more comfortable. I don't think there is any need to worry about the transient pain in your breast, however, I recommend that you see your gynaecologist about it - just to be on the safe side.

Dr. Sahni


Q: I have two boys. One is 6 and the other is 1.5 years old. I am 32 now. When I was around 27, I noticed a slight milk discharge from my right breast. I underwent a mammogram test and it indicated hyper plasia. The doctors said that there was nothing to worry about, and if I have a second child everything would be fine. I had a second baby, but there has been no improvement. I have now been asked to take Proctinol 125 mg and report back after a few months. I can feel something solid in my breast but the doctor said it is just muscles. When I press it, it pains. I am really confused. My breasts are very large. Also please let me know what I can do to firm them up as they are sagging.

Jona (Mumbai, India)

A: I think that you could have been suffering from a galactorhoea, a condition caused at times by increased serum prolactin from the time your problem first appeared. Bromocriptine is a drug that could possibly help you - but please make sure that you doctor also recommends it since he has not only examined you but he is also better informed of your medical history, etc. I would suggest that you definitely consult a surgeon for your the painful lump in your breast. For sagging breasts, you may want to wear a tight brassier (to prevent further sagging). It is very difficult to tighten already sagging breasts because there are no muscles in the breast. You could however do some exercises to build up your pectoral (chest) muscles.

Dr. Sahni


Q: How can I make my breasts look better after giving birth? I could not breastfeed my baby, and I had swollen breasts, but they are better now. I gave birth 6 months ago. What should I do?

Lisa (Reston, USA)

A: You will have to do some exercises to firm up your chest muscles. Also, massage your breasts with a vitamin-E cream, to keep the skin firm.


Q: I breastfed my daughter till she was 9 months old, but though I have stopped breastfeeding her more than a year and a half ago, I still have some white discharge from my breasts. It is something like milk, and has no smell. I don't have any cysts. Why are my breasts still producing milk?

Seemiksha (Punjab, India)

A: Please do not try to express out the milk, as more you express out, the more will fill up. If you take tab BROM [1.25 mg] (once a day, at bedtime daily for 10 days) or tab MIXOGEN (one tablet twice a day for 1 week), the milk secretion will stop. If it still persists after the medication, you will need to see a doctor.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe


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