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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Surgery & breastfeeding
Does breast feeding complicate the removal of a lump?
During the last part of pregnancy the hormone, prolactin progressively increases and prepares the breast for breastfeeding by increasing the size of the breast. This is done by increasing the number and complexity of the alveoli and ducts within the breast. Because of this breast growth there is more breast tissue while you are breastfeeding. Whether or not your lump removal will be affected by breastfeeding will depend on a number of things including the location and size of the lump. You need to be sure that your health care providers are all aware that you are breastfeeding, and to discuss with them BEFORE the removal any limitation or changes that you will need to make regarding breastfeeding. Only the person doing the actual surgery can answer all of your questions, because each person`s breast is different.
Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati