Breast Cancer Screenings while Breast Feeding????
I am 44 and currently breastfeeding my 3 year 3 month old. My mother's identical twin sister died from inflamatory breast cancer at age 54. My mother died from stomach cancer at age 37.
A year or so ago I called my local health department to see about getting a mammogram. I have never had one. They said I can't have one until at least 6 months after my baby is weaned.
The thing is I have been having breast pain for the past several months. At first it wasonly on the right side and I thought it was period related, but after a couple cycles I realized that the pain is there all the time. Then I thought it mght be related to oral sex (dh likes to kneel by me and often presses aginst my side, usually just the right side. But then my left breast began hurting too. By Thanksgiving the pain, now constant, had spread to my under arm area on both sides.
The pain is constant throbbing. I have treid a few times to feel for lumps and some areas of breast and underarm are so sore I can't continue because of the pain. I have breastfed all my children and had breast infections before and none felt nor acted like this. I should mention when I touch the particulaly painful areas, the pain is sharp/stabbing.
It is to the point that carryingmy 3 year old or holding my 7 year old is extremely difficult. Just last week one day after school my 7 year old ran up, jumped in my arms and gave me a big hug. I have learned to turn to the side to avoid directly touching my breast area, but this day he was so fast I couldn't turn. It took all my strength not to cry.
I feel like I need to get this checked but what are my options?