Thanks for posting.
It’s understandable that you’re concerned about breast feeding after your lumpectomy.
Sometimes it’s still possible to feed from a breast that’s had surgery. Surgery may disrupt the ducts in the operated breast and could reduce the way in which milk is supplied. If you’ve had radiotherapy to the breast, then the ducts will often be affected by scar tissue and may increase the risk of developing mastitis.
It’s difficult to say how your operated breast will work, but the other breast will usually adapt to providing enough milk for your baby. Do speak to your midwife, health visitor or breast feeding counsellor as they can support with helping you to breast feed successfully. You may not develop mastitis or engorgement, and if you do, your midwife or doctor can help.
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I am due to give birth at the end of July and I'm just wondering if you have any advice on breastfeeding as I am concerned about what will happen with the 'dodgy' breast where I had a lumpectomy - the scar is on the bottom right side so technically the baby could potentially still breastfeed there - but I am assuming I won't be able to breastfeed on that side so what will happen to milk on that side? Am I more likely to get mastitis, will I suffer from engorgement etc? This is all new to me as a first time mother anyway without the complication of this too! I am thinking of going to a milk bank to ensure the baby gets enough breast milk or I will use formula to boost supply.
Any advice appreciated!