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"This Mother Discovered She Had Breast Cancer When Her Son Refused to Breastfeed From Her Right Breast" - Maggie O’Neill

  • Health Online
  • New York, NY
  • (July 09, 2019)

Joanne Carr, 37, recently discovered that she had breast cancer not through a regular checkup but because her one-year-old son refused to breastfeed from her right breast. Her story made us wonder: How do women with breast cancer navigate breastfeeding? The answer is complicated. “We usually don't like people to breastfeed while being treated. Most patients get surgery before trying to breastfeed,” said Sarah Cate, MD, assistant professor of surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "If you have a diagnosis of breast cancer, you'll be asked to stop breastfeeding."

— Sarah P. Cate, MD, Assistant Professor, Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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