Though breast cancers in women who are breastfeeding or lactating are exceedingly rare, the possibility still exists. Regardless of if you are breastfeeding or not, it is smart to have any changes or irregularities in your breasts examined by a physician – you never can be too careful.
The short answer to the question is yes; you can get a mammogram while breastfeeding. Contrary to some misinformation available, it is indeed possible to read a mammogram taken of a breast that is producing milk. Breast milk production makes it so that there is more dense tissue present in the breast than when it is not producing milk – which is what can make it trickier to interpret the results.
The amount of dense-looking tissue in your breast depends on a number of factors, including:
- How often your baby is breastfeeding
- Time since your last breastfeeding
- Frequency of breastfeeding
If you’re able to breastfeed your baby immediately prior to your mammogram, it will help reduce the amount of milk present, making your results clearer.
No need to worry about a mammogram affecting your breastmilk either; X-rays do not affect human milk at all, so you can rest assured knowing you can go right back to nursing after your procedure with no issues.
Additionally, if there is an abnormality discovered that needs to be examined, you can immediately resume breastfeeding after a biopsy or aspiration. Be sure to let your physician know that you are breastfeeding ahead of time so they can tailor any necessary medications to suit your needs.
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