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Ever since the birth of DS2 in March, my right breast has been visibly larger than the left. It always looks engorged, while the left is usually deflated and soft. I never thought much about it, thought perhaps it was just another physical change from having another child. I nursed DS1 through the pregnancy and never noticed this prior to the birth. For the first couple months, it seemed that I had a hyper milk duct in that right breast that would squirt milk out during letdown, even if DS had stopped sucking. I am 5 months postpartum now, and that breast, even though the spontaneous milk squirting has stopped, still feels heavier and fuller than the left. I had mastitis a couple weeks ago in this same breast and it was extremely painful. Although I no longer feel pain, the breast still feels swollen, and the nipple even looks more swollen than the left nipple. I have my annual exam with my OB scheduled for October 3, but now I'm wondering if I should perhaps try to be seen sooner. Does anyone have any ideas or experience with this kind of thing?
 

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When you say "breast health" are you worried about cancer? I've never heard of size difference being related to cancer at all. By all means if you are worried you should try to get in earlier. But, rest assured that lopsidedness is common in working breasts:<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/lopsided.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/lopsided.html</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">When you say "breast health" are you worried about cancer? I've never heard of size difference being related to cancer at all. By all means if you are worried you should try to get in earlier. But, rest assured that lopsidedness is common in working breasts:<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/lopsided.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/lopsided.html</a></div>
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My concern isn't so much the size difference--it's the fact that my right breast seems to be thicker, more swollen and have "lumpier" spots that don't go away, almost like plugged ducts but they never seem to drain. This breast was not like this prior to the birth of my second son, even though I was already (and still) nursing a toddler. I'm worried that this change in my breast might be indicative of a more serious issue, such as cancer.
 

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I see. How old are you? A breast exam might be a good idea, whatever your age. And don't let them tell you that you have to wean to get either a mammo or sonogram <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nono.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nono">:
 
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