A 39-year-old member asked:
Breast cancer and i am planning on breastfeeding could i still get a mammogram if my breast are full of milk?
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
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.
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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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