Also called cyclic mastalgia, this type of breast pain is linked to our menstrual cycle, and the way in which our reproductive hormone levels change. It is related to the monthly rise and fall in the estrogen and progesterone levels, making this pain appear and disappear cyclically. This kind of cyclical breast pain that occurs every month is rarely ever a symptom of breast cancer, and usually subsides on its own once menstruation begins. This type of breast pain is not linked to your menstrual cycle and does appear to grow or subside with your period.
What is Normal? It is normal and expected for your breasts to become larger and to feel heavy, warm, and tender between the third and fifth day after your baby is born. These breast changes are due to an increase in milk volume as well as an increase in blood and lymph fluids flowing to the breast. The changes signal the "incoming" of your more mature milk, and are a positive sign of good breast function.
Happy Anniversary to my boobs! I can't believe it's been a year since my breast reduction surgery. Last year, I made the decision to undergo the surgery after years of trying to naturally reduce my back-aching, large breasts. I shared my journey with the world and was wowed by the amount of love and support I received.