is a growth normally located in the mammary glands, the glands in the breast that produce milk. Galactoceles contain milk or milky substance, and occur most often during lactation or shortly after. They are due to the clogging of one of the ducts of the mammary glands, and usually look like a cyst. Normally, galactoceles are not painful and do not threaten the safety of the baby, since they do not contaminate the milk. They most often feel like painless lumps on the breasts that may occur over weeks or months. Normally, no treatment is necessary and the galactoceles will get better on their own. In cases where the condition does not disappear on its own, treatment normally includes removing the cyst and giving antibiotics to prevent infection.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with a galactocele, talk with your doctor about the most current treatment options. Support groups are also good resources of support and information.
Description Last Updated: Jan 27, 2018