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The questions don't stop once you've successfully conceived and given birth. One important question is: Can I safely breastfeed my baby?
The answer is yes, as long as you are not still being treated with chemotherapy or hormonal therapy. If you still have a breast, breastfeeding is possible—and safe—after breast cancer.
If you become pregnant after treatment with lumpectomy and radiation:
Your untreated breast will probably get significantly bigger during the pregnancy than your treated breast. After breastfeeding ends, the breast usually gets back to its pre-pregnancy size. But in some women, it may remain somewhat larger.
If you had radiation to one breast, it is not likely to produce very much milk, if any.
Your untreated breast can usually make enough milk to feed a baby. There won't be any harmful elements present in the milk.
If you're nursing your infant and you're advised to start chemotherapy:
Stop nursing before you start the chemo. The treatment drugs are likely to come t...
Plugged milk ducts; Nipple soreness when breastfeeding; Breastfeeding - overcoming problems; Let-down reflex
Breastfeeding (nursing) your baby can be a comfortable and relaxing experience. But it takes time and practice. To encourage a comfortable and successful breastfeeding experience, get an early start in the hospital. Request the help of a lactation consultant or nurse to get you started with proper positioning and breast care.
It is common to have some pain or discomfort when your baby first latches on and begins feeding in the first few days or weeks. Some breastfeeding mothers describe nipple soreness as a pinching, itching, or burning sensation.
For these common symptoms, ask for advice and stay with breastfeeding. Over time, you should feel little discomfort or pain when breastfeeding.
Nipple soreness may also be caused by not having the right:
Position of the ba...
Full Question: I take hydrocodone for stress/migraine headaches. I am currently breastfeeding my 6 week old son. My doctor told me to go ahead and breastfeed, and then take one or two tablets depending on how bad the pain is. I am wondering how long the medicine stays in my system? I don’t want my baby to get any of it but I know that whatever I eat or drink goes through my breast milk. They reassure me that it is safe to take these but does my baby also get it? Courtney. Answer: Dear Courtney; You didn't mention how often your headaches come; assuming they are only once a week or so hydrocodone with acetaminophen might be all right since they both have short half lives, which means that they leave the body pretty quickly. Therefore, if you just breast-fed (at least four to six hours after the last dose), that would mean there was very little medication left in your milk. The same would be true for migraine specific medications like triptans, especially...
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