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Q&A: Breast Lumps and Nursing?

I'm having a breast lump removed. Will I still be able to nurse future children?

Most likely, yes. However, if there is any damage to your nerves or milk ducts during the surgery, it could affect the amount of milk a baby can get from that breast. But luckily, we're made in such a way that we can breastfeed multiple babies…and you have a whole other breast as back up. Chances are good that you'll be able to produce some milk from the affected breast (if not a full supply), and with a little patience and persistence, the other breast should be able to make up for the rest.