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I've had mammograms while breastfeeding. Both times, I was nursing a two-year-old. I arranged for both through the doctor I was seeing at the time. One was done at a hospital, the other in the doctor's office. I am not sure if you can just call a hospital and schedule a mammogram.
The advice I kept hearing was to find a radiologist who is experienced in reading mammograms of lactating women. Easier said than done, especially if you live in an area where long-term breastfeeding is unusual. The first mammogram (five years ago) came back normal. The second (last year) showed "changes" and I had to go for a diagnostic mammogram on my left breast. (All was normal.) Part of me is convinced that the radiologist that read my screening mammogram just didn't know what she was doing.
I am not planning to go for another mammogram until my youngest, now almost 4, is completely weaned and several months have passed after her last nursing. (I'm not sure how I'll know, though--she nurses only a few times a week and I'm not sure how I'll know when she is really done.) Still, when you have a family history of breast cancer (I do, too), it's hard to decide to just wait.