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Can I get a mammogram if I am still breastfeeding my baby?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Marc Grella
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
Most likely getting a mammogram while nursing will not be helpful, since you have increased size of the breast glands and you might get flagged as a false-positive.
Also due to the nature of the machine (mashing on the breasts) it could be quite messy.

In brief: No
Most likely getting a mammogram while nursing will not be helpful, since you have increased size of the breast glands and you might get flagged as a false-positive.
Also due to the nature of the machine (mashing on the breasts) it could be quite messy.
Dr. Marc Grella
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Dr. Kamran Janjua
Radiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: You can, but ...
The likelihood of inaccuracy (in this case, a false negative result) is higher owing to the increased density of the breasts during lactation which can mask subtle disease like a small nodule.
If there is a focal area of concern, than ultrasound can be performed of this area. Feel free to read more here: http://www.Conciergeradiologist.Com/mammogram-guidelines.Html.

In brief: You can, but ...
The likelihood of inaccuracy (in this case, a false negative result) is higher owing to the increased density of the breasts during lactation which can mask subtle disease like a small nodule.
If there is a focal area of concern, than ultrasound can be performed of this area. Feel free to read more here: http://www.Conciergeradiologist.Com/mammogram-guidelines.Html.
Dr. Kamran Janjua
Dr. Kamran Janjua
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Dr. Rupesh Parikh
Internal Medicine - Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
No. Do not rec a mammo while breast feeding.
Consider ultrasound as it has no radiation exposure risk.

In brief: No
No. Do not rec a mammo while breast feeding.
Consider ultrasound as it has no radiation exposure risk.
Dr. Rupesh Parikh
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Dr. Stanley Weiss
An MRI might also be an alternative. Compression of the breast usually needed to get adequate mamograms, and this appect of the procedure will lilley be quite uncomfortable, and perhaps painful, while breastfeeding as your breasts are engorged.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
In brief: Mammo
If you have a mass or other symptom that needs to be evaluated, yes.
If you are just due for screening, you are better off waiting 6 months or so following cessation of breastfeeding, because the lactational changes of the breast will create mammographic changes that may be difficult to interpret.

In brief: Mammo
If you have a mass or other symptom that needs to be evaluated, yes.
If you are just due for screening, you are better off waiting 6 months or so following cessation of breastfeeding, because the lactational changes of the breast will create mammographic changes that may be difficult to interpret.
Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. Aasim Sehbai
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: Mammogram
Yes.

In brief: Mammogram
Yes.
Dr. Aasim Sehbai
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Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: Can but not helpful
Because you are lactating the breast tissue will be substantially denser and the effectiveness of the mammogram will be reduced.
In addition, it may be significantly more uncomfortable. Consider waiting until you have stopped lactating.

In brief: Can but not helpful
Because you are lactating the breast tissue will be substantially denser and the effectiveness of the mammogram will be reduced.
In addition, it may be significantly more uncomfortable. Consider waiting until you have stopped lactating.
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Three % of breast cancers are found during pregnancy or lactation.
Mammography is safe during lactation, but may not be as accurate. Negative studies should have a back up study such as ultrasound ANS or needle biopsy if a suspicious mass is found. See "the physicians pocket guide to breastfeeding", breast masses, texas dept of state health services, 2005.

In brief: Yes
Three % of breast cancers are found during pregnancy or lactation.
Mammography is safe during lactation, but may not be as accurate. Negative studies should have a back up study such as ultrasound ANS or needle biopsy if a suspicious mass is found. See "the physicians pocket guide to breastfeeding", breast masses, texas dept of state health services, 2005.
Dr. James Ferguson
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