Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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In December of 2004 i discovered I had bleeding from the nipple. I didn't think a great deal of it but mentioned it to my GP on my next visit. She booked me in for a mammogram that day. She assured me that it was probably nothing, either a cyst or there was a wart virus that caused a bloody discharge on occasion, but she had to rule out a malignancy.
The mammogram was referred to a specialist who immediately booked me in for a partial/section to be taken out of my right breast. By mid January I was in surgery. It all went so fast my head felt like it was spinning. My mother and my husband were besides themselves with concern. My mother had lost several of her Aunts to breast cancer.
The took out a wedge of my breast, which was not terribly obvious, and only left a small scar around my nipple, but they also took out approx half of the milk glands. I was very very lucky as it was considered benign, and I didnt have to have chemo.
Anyway, to cut a long story terribly short, I fell pregnant in May and had a baby boy in January 2006. My concerns were that I would have problems feeding because of the surgery. Initially my breasts were sore, but thats very common. After a few days in hospital it became very apparent that my right breast had less milk glands than my left, so now you can see the difference, particularily in the morning when they are engorged. The left breast is nearly a third bigger than my right but Eureka they both work!!
It makes fitting a Bra a little trying, but the joy of holding my lil one in my arms and him feeding is well worth the trouble it has caused me. He tends to favour the left breast as it has more instant gratification, but changes sides halfway through and works a lil harder for his feeds.
My husband says he is a wee bit jealous of the bond we so obviously have, and his favourite sight is to wake up with baby tucked firmly between us and having his first feed of the day.