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Breast Cancer and Pregnancy


Can I Breastfeed my Baby if I Have Breast Cancer?

Breastfeeding while you have breast cancer will not harm your baby. Moreover, there is no evidence that stopping your flow of breast milk will improve your cancer.

However, if you are undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer, you should not breastfeed, because these powerful chemotherapy drugs can travel through your breast milk to the baby.

Can I Get Pregnant After Successful Treatment for Breast Cancer?

Pregnancy does not change the overall length of time a woman who has had breast cancer can expect to live. At this point, it appears that babies born to women who have had breast cancer in the past are normal and healthy. However, it is possible that babies born to women who have had extensive radiation, chemotherapy, or a bone marrow transplant may have problems.

Some doctors feel that postponing pregnancy for two years or so after being treated for breast cancer will make it less likely that your cancer will come back while you are pregnant and lead to the problems discussed earlier in this section.


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Reviewed by Angela Jain on June 19, 2014
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