1. Sherri on November 12, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Thank you for this information. My daughter found a lump in her breast while pregnant and was told for her to wait until after she had the baby and they would do a biopsy. The baby is now a month old and she went to her appointment and they said she needs to stop breastfeeding and dry her milk up. It’s now been 5 months since she found the lump and we are so worried. I had breast cancer and have the BRCA 2 gene. I will definitely ask why they can’t do the biopsy now.
    Thank you

    • To-wen Tseng on November 19, 2020 at 11:34 am

      Thank you for sharing your experience, Sherri! I’m the writer of this blog post and I want to let you know that after the biopsy, I had a minimally invasive surgery to remove that lump. Even after the surgery I continue to breastfeed for 6 months.

      • Sally on November 15, 2022 at 8:13 am

        This is good to know! Thank you for sharing all your experiences and thoughts.

  2. Ice on November 19, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    I just had this procedure 3 days ago and up until now my milk on the affected breast still has blood. I haven’t fed my baby yet or breast fed since I have a stash. Did you experience that too? Thanks for sharing this info.

    • Nancy Wight on November 24, 2020 at 4:44 pm

      A little blood in the milk will not hurt the baby, but a lot may produce diarrhea. You can breastfeed on the non-effected breast and pump and discard the very blood milk if necessary. Nancy Wight MD, IBCLC
      Although we wish to be as helpful as possible, we cannot practice medicine or law over the Internet. Responses to your questions are offered as general information only, not medical or legal advice. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations specific to you.

    • Mary on July 19, 2021 at 3:04 pm

      Hi ! We’re you available to breastfeed your baby after the 3 days of the biopsy ? I have the same case as you with blood in my milk.

      • Stephanie on March 20, 2023 at 7:42 pm

        I had a biopsy done today and have blood in my milk as well.

  3. Angela Hand on November 30, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    I had a breast biopsy done a few years ago and a tracking bead was placed where the cyst was and am now expecting my second child wanting to try nursing this time. Is the tracking bead a problem?

    • Rachel Rodriguez on April 29, 2023 at 1:42 pm

      I recently had an ultrasound-guided needle biopsy and was wondering this too for my current breastfeeding and for future kids we have as well. The nurses and doctor insisted it’s so small and wouldn’t be a problem but I’m pretty skeptical with all the changes breasts go through, starting with pregnancy. Did things go alright for you?

  4. Venetta Yeboah on March 31, 2021 at 5:58 am

    Pretty! This was an extremely wonderful article. Many thanks for supplying these details.

  5. Remedios Clarbour on April 1, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    I needed to thank you for this good read!! I absolutely loved every bit of it. I have got you book-marked to look at new stuff you post…

  6. Tiffany Krizo on April 12, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Thank you for writing this! I just had a biopsy on my right side and I have a 13 week old and was looking for some reassurance and peace of mind.

  7. Marceline Paden on May 17, 2021 at 11:45 am

    I’m amazed, I have to admit. Rarely do I come across a blog that’s both educative and engaging, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The issue is something not enough folks are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy I stumbled across this in my search for something concerning this.

  8. Sandya on April 19, 2022 at 12:20 am

    Thank you for sharing your story, this is very informative and reassuring. I was devastated when my PCP asked to get the ultrasound done and insisted on getting biopsy. It was mentally and emotionally exhausting and I was so scared. Waiting for biopsy results and hoping everything will be fine. Thank you again for making this blog.

  9. Emma on September 17, 2022 at 9:05 am

    Thank you so much for posting your experience! I’m also so afraid of loosing the nursing bond with my 8 month old. I had a double biopsy in 3/2020, and now have a new growth found in 8/2022 on my right breast. I’ve been told I have to wean and stop breastfeeding in order to do the biopsy. I wanted to breastfeed until at least 24 months, or further if possible. Reading your story and knowing it’s possible reassures me. Praying it’s a benign mass and I can still nurse afterwards!

  10. Sarah on January 25, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    Unfortunately for me, baby was turned off by the bandage and nursed like 50% less! Now two days later it’s sore and I feel chills.

    I read that pumping doesn’t remove physiologic milk, only a different kind. I just removed the steri tape!

    Has anyone else experienced this?

    The wound is closed, no bleeding no drainage. I don’t see any redness on outside but I am large chested and there is likely still bruising and swelling inside where the sample was taken.

    There really is no good resources on the nursing dyad and possible complications if nursing reduces.

    Babe is 16 mos old and isn’t super dependent on milk.

    • Devette on November 5, 2023 at 7:59 am

      Yes, I’m having a very similar reaction. My daughter is curious about the bandage and is hesitant about nursing on the right side. When she does, I can see in her face that somethings wrong. I wonder if my milk taste different? I pump that side when she doesn’t want to nurse and notice it’s still coming out red. I got my biopsy almost a week ago.

  11. Xiomara on February 28, 2023 at 9:48 pm

    I have a biopsy being done tomorrow on my left breast and I am nervous about it because am 38 yrs old and also a mammogram will be done afterwards I dont know if I will be strong enough to handle the needle in my breast..I am still breastfeeding mother to a 3 yr old 5 months she dont want to stop so I am here to know if the biopsy and mammogram done on left breast you thimk it’s safe to breastfeeding my child from the right not affected breast ..no blood or nothing bad will transfer to right breast from the left breast..my daughter told me tell the Dr mommy not to hurt you on the right one it’s my titi please mommy. I am worry not being able to breastfeeding her anymore I still do produce milk ..ppl think she’s too big and she’s just stuck to breast as comfort zone it’s not. I have milk production my right breast still am worry not being able anx breaking her heart by telling my daughter I can’t breastfeed her on the right one when the left breast is the bad one? What can I do..or is it safe?

  12. Marilyn Tompkins on December 19, 2023 at 7:29 pm

    Thank you for writing this. I have found myself in a hole of anxiety and fear. I am 26 years old with a 22 month old and a 5 month old which I am currently breastfeeding. I was worried about not being able to breastfeed after my biopsy tomorrow which is also in my left breast. Praying it’s benign and I can continue to breastfeed for a year like planned.

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