Why do my breasts hurt?
There are many reasons why breasts may be painful. Some are associated with making milk, including the weight of the breast, filling with milk, and let-down pain. Excess filling may be caused by engorgement, having a large milk supply, going more than five hours between feeds, or feeding ineffectively can cause pain, as can ineffective expressing. Other causes of breast pain include infections, plugged ducts, nipple pain, and cancer. On rare occasions, no cause can be found.
Consider using our quick assessment tool, “Why do I have breast pain?” to guide you through this concern.