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Old 01-07-2008, 11:30 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Okay, I didn't just find it. I first noticed it a few weeks ago and I've been in denial about it. But I was just trying to hand-express milk, and it just was impossible to ignore so I started worrying and now I can't stop.

It's tiny, smaller than a sweet pea. It's under the edge of my areola, on my right boob. It's hard and moves a bit when I press on it; it feels perfectly round.

It's definitely not a plugged duct. I have those all the time, and I know how they feel.

I just don't know what to do next. Do I wait and watch? Do I go see a doctor right away? My biggest worry is that my twins are nursing; I know that complicates things, and I fear having to wean. DS has multiple allergies and won't drink formula and can't sleep without the breast at all, and I just don't think I COULD wean him. Wean him to what?

And to go to a doctor and go through a million tests scares me. I have no help during the day, nobody to leave my kids with. I guess I'd have to drag them with me to appointments and that's unbelievably difficult.

And I don't want to tell DH right now. He'll panic and obsess and worry and honestly I have enough to worry about right now without having to constantly calm him down and deal with his fear.

I know it's probably not cancer. I'm 32 and lactating; cancer in that situation is fairly rare. But I'm still freaked.

What do I do? How do I stay level-headed and deal with this? I'm scared.

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Old 01-07-2008, 11:32 PM
 
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You make a call to your doc tomorrow and get it checked immediately. You need to have tests done asap. Please hurry. We don't need any more of this at MDC!


PS I am so sorry and I hope it is nothing.
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No advice here, just to go see a doc and get all the info you can easier said than done, I know.
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Please go the doctor. It is very rare that a young, lactating mother will have a malignant tumor--but it is possible. I know a young mother who ended up dying. Your little ones need you. Once you go to the doctor you will be reassured and have done what you need to do to take care of your family in this situation. My prayers will be with you.
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Please go see a doctor ASAP and get this checked out. It is nothing to mess around with. Chances are excellent that it is nothing, but you need to get it checked.
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I had a pea sized lump when I was pregnant and it was a lactating adenoma. They're fairly common in pregnant/nursing mothers. But, that doesn't mean you're off the hook. You must still get it checked out.
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The lactation consultant at the hospital where I had Nick had had a lump removed while she was bf'ing - she expressed her concerns to the surgeon and he did his best to avoid damaging any milk ducts. I believe it was near her nipple as well. She did NOT HAVE TO WEAN!! In fact she did try to continue nursing on the side of the incision as well, although it was difficult - I think she said she had to lay him over her shoulder to get him in a position where he wouldn't be right on the incision - but it worked. And she is fine now!

Please do something right away! At least your mind will be at ease! And we won't have to worry. I'm the queen of worry.
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Lactating breast are so lumpy.
Ease your mind soon.
And know you are held in the thoughts of all of us.
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I had a lump during my first pregnancy, and I was really certain that it was cancer (lots of it at young ages in my family). It wasn't, thank goodness, but I got it checked out quickly.
I hope it is nothing serious.
Tell your dh, though...at the very least, he can support you through whatever it turns out to be--and maybe help with the kids at a doctor appointment.
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Please don't panic or let people freak you out. Do you have cancer (esp. breast cancer) in your immediate family? If not, at your age and because of the bfing it is highly, highly unlikely. It is so unlikely that when I went to see the breast specialist for the lump I found (I'm almost the same age as you) she said there was almost no way I could have breast cancer before she even checked me.

Also, when you squeeze that lump does it feel slightly rubbery? Because it being perfectly round sounds like a cyst to me. Also, I have felt breast cancer nodes and they are extremely hard and dense, like a pebble and usually not perfectly round. Of course get checked out but don't worry needlessly. I didn't tell anyone except my dh and it did freak him out some but all was well. Here's my thread if it helps any. Feel free to PM for support/commisseration.

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=795086

I wanted to add that it is a good idea to soak in a nice hot bath with salts or do some hot sea salt water compresses on the breast. Cabbage leaves couldn't hurt either.
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Not to freak out the OP. But I'm a bc survivor. I met several ladies in the chemo suite who were in their 20s and early 30s, with no family history, who had bf children. It's not typical, but it happens, and that's why it is important to get it checked out.
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Thank you for telling me sternly to get to the doctor. I think that if you hadn't, I might have gone back into denial about this. Anyway, I went and saw my GP this morning, three kids in tow, right in the middle of naptime, and we were a public spectacle, but I'm glad I went. She said what all of you said, that it's highly unlikely to be cancer, but then felt it and said she "didn't like the way it felt" and referred me to a breast health center. I have an appointment there next Wednesday.

So I still know nothing, but at least I'm taking steps.

And I'm gonna call my mom tonight and ask her for help. If I have to have a bunch of tests and stuff, I'm gonna need her to come and stay with my kids, so I might as well tell her.

I just don't know how I'm going to get through the time between now and when we know something. I had the heck of a time sleeping last night; luckily so did DS, so we kept each other good company.

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It's really too bad you have to wait so long for your next appointment. The waiting and wondering is not easy.
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I hope all is ok. I'll be thinking of you. Keep us posted.
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That's exactly what they said to me - they didn't like how the lump felt and sent me for an ultrasound and biopsy. Lactating ademonas are pretty common in pregnant and bfing mamas and they can be hard to diagnose by touch. Stay strong and try not to worry - the odds are overwhelmingly in your favor.
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I hope your mind is put at ease ASAP!

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