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Check your breasts.

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.

A lump.

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.

Read Michelle’s story of postpartum breast cancer and learn how she discussed cancer with her children.

Check your breasts. While breastfeeding does reduce the risk of breast cancer, you are still at risk.

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