Breastfeeding Myths Part 4 (re: Getting Cancer/Getting Pregnant)

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.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding both revolve around a lot of hormonal activity in your body, so one might assume there will be some impact on breastfeeding if you become pregnant. However, your body is protective of the fetus, buffered to some extent from the contractions generated by the oxytocin release of breastfeeding. You may experience some nipple tenderness and your milk supply may dip or change in flavor mid-way through the pregnancy, both things that may make your nursling begin to self-wean. But for a healthy baby and pregnancy, there is no reason to automatically assume you must quit breastfeeding. Find more details here.

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