I saw a postpartum woman today with her 5 day-old baby. At about 16-20 weeks into her pregnancy the woman noticed a large lump in her left axilla. Her OB/GYN doctor recommended a biopsy—results showed benign breast tissue. The area continued to grow with the pregnancy and today is roughly the size of a golfball. Milk leaks from the site of entry of the biopsy (which was done in November 2009). No supernumerary nipple is evident. She has a similar but smaller tissue lump in her right axilla. She is incredibly frustrated with the leaking in her armpit. She asked about weaning and wants to take a pill to speed up the process. She said she was committed to breastfeeding until the leaking from the axilla occurred. Can she shut production down in that area only? What do you recommend?
Heather Henry, BSN, RN, IBCLC