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Preg, lump in left brst, & BH contractions

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DD is 19 months old and I am 30 weeks pregnant. After a lot of back and forth with the breast care specialist I am now scheduled for an excisional biopsy to remove an 8mm lump on Friday morning.

This all started back in February with an exam, then an ultrasound at my insistence, then a very specific email from me to the breast care specialist, and finally a follow up appointment yesterday. Keep in mind at each point I was expecting an aspiration or core biopsy. Imagine my surprise yesterday when the doctor asked if I would prefer to simply have it removed since removal is the preferred approach in women my age (40) ... !?!?!?!?

Initially he wanted to take a "watchful waiting" approach since breasts change a lot during nursing and pregnancy. But I wasn't thrilled with the thought of a 6 month up follow-up since I'll be nursing a 2 1/2 month old at that point. And from some of the reading I'd done I'd learned that lumps can seem to disappear due to all of the other changes and yet they can actually be getting bigger. I've been telling them since day one that I'd rather disrupt the nursing relationship with the 19 month old than risk undermining the nursing relationship with a newborn if they discover a problem in August.

I think the change in his approach has a lot to do with the fact that the lump is very close to the surface and he'll be using a topical anaesthetic and stitches won't even be necessary. He won't be cutting through much tissue and possibly a duct. Why he didn't realize this back in February is beyond me.

In addition to all of this, I think I had my first nursing induced "Braxton-Hicks" type contraction when I was nursing DD down the other night. It was pretty disturbing primarily because it seemed to be just one but it lasted a really long time, half an hour or longer. I finally had to hand DD off to DH because I felt nauseous. I almost wonder if it was a minor case of food poisoning (I'll spare you the other half of the gastro-intestinal details which I can't imagine being caused by a contraction, must have been a coincidence).

I'd finally gotten used to the dry nursing / comfort nursing and realized that if she hung in there despite the low supply I might not have to deal with the pregnancy nursing "heebie jeebies" you hear about. I have been drinking the occasional cup of Red Raspberry Leaf tea to boost my supply ever so slightly. I did have one cup that day but now I'm avoiding it.

The "Nursing for Two" page at Kellymom tells you to contact your doctor if you have 4 or more contractions in an hour. I do have a routine ObGyn appt following the surgery on Friday. At my first ObGyn appt he told me they recommend weaning at 7 months but he backed off of that at the last visit. Obviously I should discuss this with him but I'd appreciate some feedback on this half hour contraction so I'll know what to say if he encourages weaning due to this one contraction.

TIA for any input.
~Cath
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