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Breast cancer and i am planning on breastfeeding could i still get a mammogram if my breast are full of milk?

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Dr. Jose Abreu
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
No: Not a good time to do mammogram while breast feeding. First the breast is engorged and full of cysts. Second the radiation will be passed into the baby.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
The lactational: changes in the breasts make them more dense, and therefore limit the value of mammography. For screening purposes, waiting 4-6 months after stopping breastfeeding will allow the breasts to return to their baseline state. If you have a lump, see your doctor. If you end up needing a mammo for diagnostic purposes, you can pump the breasts beforehand.

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Last updated Jul 24, 2014

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