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|You might try going without a bra. Bras, even pretty comfy non-underwire ones, generally restrict the flow of lymphatic fluid and can cause fibrocystic lumps and pain. I had pain and lumps in my armpits about a year ago which was really worrying me and it disappeared when I stopped wearing a bra. It took a little while to get used to, but it really did work.|
Some people don't feel comfortable going braless. I don't think it's necessarily a sign that they are ruled by propriety.
|I know for me - and this is going to be TMI so watch out - but my nipples are very pointy. And, if I walk into an air conditioned office or some such - well, you get the picture.|
You might try going without a bra. Bras, even pretty comfy non-underwire ones, generally restrict the flow of lymphatic fluid and can cause fibrocystic lumps and pain. I had pain and lumps in my armpits about a year ago which was really worrying me and it disappeared when I stopped wearing a bra. It took a little while to get used to, but it really did work.
Originally Posted by Naturalyst
Caffeine and fat intake can aggravate breast tenderness in the second half of your cycle each month. My understanding is that cysts fill, causing swelling and tenderness. My daughter and I both have to be careful with caffeine.
Breast tenderness is a pretty common occurrence. If you are getting it in both breasts and it is waxing and waning with your cycle, you probably have no cause for serious concern. Not knowing what sources you are apt to trust, I'll take the liberty (below) of providing one "holistic" and one "mainstay" on possible causes and remedies:
From Mother Nature:
From the National Institute of Health:
Originally Posted by Destinye
no pain tho then it gradually builds up until the next period. I am still nursing and its better when she nurses.
|Why not? I usually just wear a camisole under whatever regular shirt and it looks fine and is much more comfortable. If you buy close-fitting cotton/lycra ones, they also give some support but without the restriction and pressure points of a bra. Camisoles with shelf bras are also a good intermediate option. Even women with quite large breasts can find ways to be comfortable without, and the ligaments which support the breasts are likely to strengthen when a woman stops wearing bras (decreasing sagginess, if anything, rather than the myth that bras prevent sagging).|
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