What to avoid to help with breast pain and tenderness

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Support from a well-chosen friend
Severe breast pain can be miserable, impacting on daily life, relationships and work. Talk to your partner, other women or your doctor.

Support from a well fitted bra
Treat yourself to a bra fitting. Investing in the correct size and cup will give you an instant boost and literally, take the weight off your shoulders. Women go up one and a half dress sizes as they go through menopause, so it stands to reason that bra sizes change too. Some women, especially with larger breasts, wear a sleep bra for support in bed. When exercising, a sports bra is essential to prevent further sag and drag. 

Hands-on
Massaging your breasts regularly can reduce inflammation and help with blood circulation. Gently massage breasts daily with Vitamin E oil or when in the shower using soap

Ice cool help

To soothe aching, swollen breasts, make your own ice pack. Grab a handful of ice cubes, wrap them up in a cloth and place the pack on each breast for a few minutes. Ice packs will soothe rather than cure pains. Or why not try the mastitis trick and put a chilled savoy cabbage in your bra. 

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