I’d Cancer Of The Breast. Can i Breastfeed


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Many women who have had (or currently have) breast cancer ask if they can breastfeed. The general answer is that breastfeeding is safe unless you are currently being treated with chemotherapy or hormonal therapy. If you have had breast cancer and have not had a double mastectomy, breastfeeding is absolutely possible and very safe.

Breast cancer in younger women tends to be more aggressive, but an early diagnosis can improve your outlook. Your risk of developing breast cancer while lactating is low, but if you’re diagnosed. For example, in certain cases of breast cancer, you may be able to continue nursing from the unaffected breast. Or you may consider “pumping and dumping” – pumping to keep your milk supply going and then throwing away the milk until you can safely breastfeed again. Breastfeeding After Treatment for Early-Stage Breast Cancer Women who become pregnant after completing breast cancer treatment often assume they won’t be able to breastfeed.

Though that’s true for some women, others will be able to breastfeed. Breastfeeding after treatment is safe for you and your baby as long as you are not on. Because cancer is difficult to detect in a lactating breast, it is unusual—though not impossible—for women to be diagnosed during the time they are breastfeeding. Should this happen, it does not automatically mean the end of breastfeeding. Happily, research suggests that nursing after breast cancer is possible, and in most cases a breast cancer survivor can at least try to nurse her baby if she wants to — even on the treated breast.

And since breastfeeding may protect against breast cancer coming back, nursing may benefit both you and your baby (who’ll reap the rewards from drinking your nutrient-rich breast milk). How cancer treatments. Still, many women are able to breastfeed.

If you are still taking any medicines to treat your breast cancer (such as hormone therapy), it’s very important to talk with your doctor before trying to breastfeed. Some drugs can enter the breast milk and might affect the baby. No.

If you’ve had a double (bilateral) mastectomy, you won’t be able to breastfeed because there’s no breast tissue remaining to produce milk. If you experience what you think is milk production after a nipple-sparing mastectomy, consult with your surgeon and oncologist about the possible presence of residual breast tissue. Yes. New mothers who have had previous breast or nipple surgery can breastfeed their newborns and are strongly encouraged to do so.

All postpartum women can produce at least droplets of colostrum (first milk). Even if mothers get only some milk, they are providing their baby with antibodies at every feeding. After a mastectomy, you’re highly unlikely to be able to breastfeed on the affected side because the remaining tissue won’t produce much (if any) milk, Jennifer Litton, M.D., associate professor in.

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It is possible for some women with a history of breast cancer to breastfeed.

“Maternal Child Nursing Care” by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, David Wilson
from Maternal Child Nursing Care
by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, et. al.
Elsevier, 2013

The mother may also be able to breastfeed following a lumpectomy for carcinoma, but it is advisable to seek advice from her surgeon.

“Myles' Textbook for Midwives E-Book” by Jayne E. Marshall, Maureen D. Raynor
from Myles’ Textbook for Midwives E-Book
by Jayne E. Marshall, Maureen D. Raynor
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2020

If you have had surgery for breast cancer,or undergone radiotherapy, you can nurse from thehealthy breast.

“Breastfeeding Made Easy: A gift for life for you and your baby” by Carlos González
from Breastfeeding Made Easy: A gift for life for you and your baby
by Carlos González
Pinter & Martin Limited, 2014

It is possible for some women to successfully breastfeed B after conservative surgery and radiation but it may interfere with milk production (Tralins 1995).

“Physiology in Childbearing: With Anatomy and Related Biosciences” by Dorothy Stables, Jean Rankin
from Physiology in Childbearing: With Anatomy and Related Biosciences
by Dorothy Stables, Jean Rankin
Elsevier Health Sciences UK, 2010

There is no agreement about whether a postpartum woman with breast cancer should breastfeed, although many surgeons

“Maternity and Women's Health Care E-Book” by Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Shannon E. Perry, Mary Catherine Cashion, Kathryn Rhodes Alden
from Maternity and Women’s Health Care E-Book
by Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Shannon E. Perry, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2014

Unless you have a lesion on your breast, you can absolutely breastfeed your baby.

“Expecting 411 (4th edition): The Insider's Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth” by Ari Brown, Michele Hakakha
from Expecting 411 (4th edition): The Insider’s Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth
by Ari Brown, Michele Hakakha
Windsor Peak Press, 2017

If a positive diagnosis of breast carcinoma is made, breastfeeding should be interrupted and treatment begun.

“Breastfeeding and Human Lactation” by Karen Wambach, Jan Riordan
from Breastfeeding and Human Lactation
by Karen Wambach, Jan Riordan
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016

Lesions on the breast will have to be evaluated, but the disease does fade postpartum.

“Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession” by Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, Robert M. Lawrence, MD
from Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession
by Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, Robert M. Lawrence, MD
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2015

When a breast lump is due to malignancy, breastfeeding may not be compatible with the treatments for cancer.

“Counseling the Nursing Mother” by Judith Lauwers, Anna Swisher
from Counseling the Nursing Mother
by Judith Lauwers, Anna Swisher
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2010

The risk for premenopausal breast cancer is higher for women who do not breastfeed/lactate after pregnancy.

“Comprehensive Lactation Consultant Exam Review” by Smith
from Comprehensive Lactation Consultant Exam Review
by Smith
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016

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  • I looked this up because sadly I had a sister in law that chose not to breast feed because the milk hardens, like a free breast augmentation. She got breast cancer at 31, passed away at 32.