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Old 06-29-2011, 02:46 PM   #1
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Mammogram while BFing?

Today I went for my PP check-up and requested a mammogram for screening. I have been noticing a lump on and off for the past 3-4 weeks but while I was at my appointment, the MW couldn't find it and neither could I. It was frustrating. I asked if there was any additional screening besides doing a breast exam but she asked the doctor and he said a mammogram while nursing is useless because it's really difficult to read and get accurate results from. They did not seem overly anxious to do anything since I am under 40.

Next time I notice the lump I am going to try to go back in and then she said she could recommend some further testing (like an u/s) but she can't offer anything if she can't feel what I'm talking about. I feel crazy... Maybe there is really nothing there or I'm just feeling a lumpy milk duct. I have a history of breast cancer in my family (mom diagnosed at age 32) and it just worries me to no end. I just want some reassurance and of course if there is something to be concerned about I want to know.

Does anyone have experience with breast cancer screening (other than a routine exam by a clinician) while BFing?? Do I have any other options? Is there something more they could be offering me? Thanks.

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Old 06-29-2011, 06:33 PM   #2
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Re: Mammogram while BFing?

I was told to wait for my first mammogram until after BF, because they don't have anything to compare it to. If you feel you need one, especially with your family history, you should insist or get referred to a specialist.
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I was told to wait for my first mammogram until after BF, because they don't have anything to compare it to. If you feel you need one, especially with your family history, you should insist or get referred to a specialist.
Thanks - I do have a baseline mammogram from last year. I appreciate the encouragement. I thought about calling a specialist just to ask what their protocol is for screening women who are BFing.
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Re: Mammogram while BFing?

I have heard of ultrasounds of breast tissue. It's supposed to be a good diagnostic tool. http://women.webmd.com/breast-ultrasound
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Re: Mammogram while BFing?

My cousin passed away of breast cancer last year, and my MW ordered a mammo. The hospital did an u/s though, because a mammo while BFing is useless. I will have to have a baseline done 1 yr after I quit BFing. HTH!!
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Re: Mammogram while BFing?

You can have a mammogram while lactating. You can bring the baby with you and nurse right before the test so that your breast will be drained (or pump). It does make it more difficult to read the test, so be sure that the radiologist is experienced at reading the image of a lactating breast.

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