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What Happens to My Baby if I Have Breast Cancer? continued...

During breast cancer surgery, the surgeon will examine the lymph nodes to see whether any are affected. He'll often remove the ones where the cancer is most likely to have spread. If you need chemotherapy, your doctor will usually wait until after the first trimester to lessen the chance that it will harm the baby.

Advanced breast cancer usually requires both surgery and chemotherapy, so the risk for the baby is higher. The decision of whether or not to undergo treatment can be a very hard one. Talk with your family and doctor about what's right for you.

Can I Breastfeed My Baby if I Have Breast Cancer?

There’s no evidence that stopping your flow of breast milk will improve your cancer.

It’s often okay to breastfeed when you have this disease, but talk with your doctor or a lactation counselor to see what's best for you and your baby. If you're getting chemotherapy, you likely shouldn’t breastfeed. Many powerful chemo drugs can travel through your milk to the baby.

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on June 25, 2015
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