I had just had my first baby, Z.
It was a wild and crazy time as we were first time parents and didn’t know what the hell we were doing! I had attempted breast feeding for the first few months, but due to very low milk supply and a baby diagnosed with failure to thrive, my attempt was short lived. When our babe was 4 months, I was at my annual appointment, the doctor did a routine breast check. She felt something she didn’t like.
I was sent for an ultrasound. The ultrasound tech was the same tech who had told me several months prior that I was having a girl. Talk about freak out. Fortunately for me, it was a galactocele, a milk-filled cyst women can get after pregnancy.
For Michelle Lin her story had a different outcome. While after researching, she thought that possibly since she was breastfeeding that a lump she felt on night would be just a cyst, At 38 years old, just 10 months after giving birth to her second child – she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Check your breasts. While breastfeeding does reduce the risk of breast cancer, you are still at risk.