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Q&A: Mammograms and Breastfeeding?

Can I get a mammogram while I'm breastfeeding?
ByJeanne Cygnus, IBCLC, RLC
Lactation Specialist
Updated
March 2, 2017
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Yes. The X ray’s flash of radiation won’t affect your breast milk at all. However, you should insist that your mammogram be read by a radiologist experienced in reading the mammograms of breastfeeding women (many aren’t). The milk and density of extra tissue can make a mammogram tough to decipher. If there are any concerns about the results, you should talk to your doctor about scheduling an ultrasound to take a closer look.

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