L.Q. asks from Des Moines, IA on July 30, 2008
Does any one know if I can get a mammogram while nursing?
L.B. answers from Hickory on July 31, 2008
Have you heard of thermograms? There are some good links to videos on this site... http://www.thermographyofiowa.com/
S.C. answers from Des Moines on July 31, 2008
We just discussed this at a La Leche League meeting here in Des Moines a few months ago. If you contact some of the Des moines leaders they may be able to tell you what the other mom found out, I know they were at least able to tell her who to ask.
R.P. answers from Green Bay on July 31, 2008
I found a lump while I was nursing and they sent me for a mammogram and an ultrasound. Upon my arrival the technician told me that because I was nursing they wouldn't give me a mammogram (can't get a good reading) The ultrasound showed the lump was filled with fluid (good sign, not a solid mass). They were able to remove the fluid with a needle (sounds bad but it wasn't painful).
E.T. answers from Minneapolis on July 31, 2008
No you can't and you have to wait 6 months after stopping breastfeeding before you can have one.
L.M. answers from Green Bay on July 31, 2008
Unless you think you need one or your OB/GYN has said you need one, I'd wait. I was supposed to have one while I was pregnant and my OB/GYN blanched and said, "I wouldn't do that right now." I imagine that while you're nursing it would be as painful as when you're pregnant and engorged.
But if you need one, suffer through it. Better a few minutes of pain now than to miss something that could be taken of easily.
Hope all is well!
D.L. answers from Madison on July 31, 2008
When I had my mamogram they said I had to be done nursing for 6 mo. Don't know if thats changed or not, hope it helps.
K.C. answers from Minneapolis on July 31, 2008
I actually got pressure to wean my toddler to get a mammogram and I'm not even 40 (nor do I have any family history of breast cancer). Seemed a little crazy to me. Nurse as long as you want!
C.S. answers from Minneapolis on July 31, 2008
I was told when trying to schedule mine that you could not be pregnant or nursing within the last six months.
D.C. answers from Milwaukee on July 31, 2008
I had a Mammogram while nursing because they said it didn't matter but then I got a call about a shadow on my mammogram. I called my doctor and he said it was a filled milk duct nothing to worry about. I would not have one done until you finish nursing and have dried up.
C.D. answers from Minneapolis on July 31, 2008
Yes, you can. In fact I am due for one next year (will be my first) and will be nursing next year after delivering in January. My mom just found out she has breast cancer so because I'm at a higher risk now I asked about it. Great question!