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Newborn and Infant Care

Mammogram and breastfeeding.

08/25/1997

Question:

Are there any contraindications to having a mammogram while you are breastfeeding?

Answer:

It is safe to have a mammogram while breastfeeding, although mammograms are often difficult to read because of the extra breast tissue during breastfeeding. Additionally, younger breasts have more tissue making it difficult to read. Mammograms done while a woman is breastfeeding may not pick up small, early lumps or show early changes. However, mammograms will locate and determine the size of a known breast mass. It is helpful to nurse your baby immediately before the mammogram in order to decrease the amount of milk in the breast. Also, when choosing the site for your mammogram make sure the person reading the mammogram is experienced in reading a mammogram of breastfeeding women.

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Response by:

Tina   Weitkamp, RNC, MSN Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati