Thoughts, ideas, suggestions, experiences please???
PS The lump was benign!!
I'm so glad the lump was benign! *WHEW*
I've worked with women who have had both incision biopsies and fine needle aspirations while lactating. While weaning isn't necessary, it makes less of a "mess" in the OR or Doctor's Office for incision biopsies, that's all. However, where you are at, it it quite normal to see some blood in the milk.
I've worked with many women who have simply nursed on the breast, as the small amount of blood won't hurt the baby. Getting the baby back on the breast is a good idea asap, as you know the baby is a better way to increase your supply than even the best pump. Also, in many cases, pumps are more likely to cause bleeding after surgery than actual breastfeeding. You may find you don't bleed as much as you do with the pumping with the baby on the breast BUT, I would continue the pumping as you resume breastfeeding to help your supply come back.
IF you do see blood in the baby's spit up please please don't panic. You know where the blood is coming from and it is not harmful.
I WISH I had seen this thread sooner. I'm sorry, I don't always get here every day.
Good luck with your recovery and I'm SO glad your lump was benign!
If you have pain take it slowly some ibuprofen helps a lot of women with this type of pain. Some take 600 mgs (3 OTC tabs) every 6 hours with food or 400 mgs every 4 hours with food.
I hope you feel better soon. Let me know if you me need anything else.