Trying to decide about breast surgery while breastfeeding your thoughts? - Page 2
It's not exactly true that he can't take it out while you are lactating. There is a higher risk of milk fistula (where the milk ducts leak into the wound).
How deep is the mass? Is it superficial or deep? Is it visible by ultrasound? If so, they could use U/S to follow the size instead of mammography. How long has it been followed? What has the size change been so far? Do you know the exact pathology results or just that it was "benign"? Is your surgeon specifically a fellowship-trained breast surgeon or a general surgeon who does breast surgery?
There are a lot of different options here and different considerations. I've got about a dozen other questions I would ask you as well. If you want to PM me I can give you my input. Keep in mind, I'm a general surgery resident, planning on doing a breast surgery fellowship but not boarded yet. Still, breast masses during lactation are an interest of mine, so I'm motivated to help search down some data for you.
If you interested PM me and we can go into specifics.
I was wondering if anyone here has experience of a seroma following surgery while breastfeeding? I had a giant fibroadenoma removed while feeding and have managed to continue for a few months but the build up of fluid has become uncomfortable. It was drained for first time last week but filled quickly and the surgeon advised against continuing to feed for time being. Am really reluctant to having gone through so much to continue but will of course if it is best decision for daughter.
Any guidance very welcome! Really struggled to find any info on this. Thanks.
No, 901gh I didn't have that experience after having mine removed. Isn't this just a temporary problem, the seroma? You could always just exclusively nurse from the unaffected side and pump from the affected side until it's resolved. Then bring her back to that breast then. Remember, it's perfectly fine to nurse from one side only. My 21 mo old only nurses from one side (it's actually the one that had the lump removed) and although I'm lopsided...she's fine w/ it.