Breastfeeding is just one of those topics where lots of misinformation is spread through very well-intentioned advice and sometimes it’s hard to know what exactly to believe. In past newsletters, we have shared many of these myths about breastfeeding and we would like to share them with you again in a short and sweet 5 part blog series.
#10 • You can’t get breast cancer when you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Unfortunately this myth is not true. While breastfeeding, a cancerous lump can easily be dismissed as a clogged duct. Most lumps you will feel during breastfeeding are tender, smooth, round, moveable and will go away in a few days with proper attention. Suspect lumps won’t move and may have dimpling on the skin above the lump. Repeated mastitis in one spot without any obvious trigger could also be cause for concern.
#11 • If you become pregnant, you must stop breastfeeding.