I want to hear from other mamas who were breast feeding and did self exams or had a breast exam done for them by a professional while breast feeding.
I'm the daughter of a breast cancer survivor who got it in her 30s so I have to keep checking myself, the risk is really high for all women now anyway that everyone above 20 should do a personal exam every month about a week after their period regardless of a family history. With a family history of course my risk is higher, so you could understand my anxiousness.
I had detected a lump in my right breast before I got married (about 2 years ago at the age of 25) and got ultrasounds done, got it checked by an oncologist and a surgeon who specializes in breast cancer. All of which confirmed that it was either fibrosis or an enlarged lymph node because non of the cancer lumps characteristics applied to it, and I was asked to check it monthly by doing a self exam (I lacked the consistency but still checked it) and to get ultrasounds annually just to make sure it hasn't changed or gotten bigger which it hasn't.
Now I don't know how to do a self exam while breast feeding since all the glands are enlarged, you got milk, or even if your breasts are empty it feels different than when your not breast feeding.
a couple of days ago I had a plugged duct in the breast with the lump (I normally had to really press to feel the lump) and although eventually the plugged duct cleared with nursing/pumping and hot shower/massage. The area is really tender, I touched it and I can clearly feel the lump now without having to press very hard. I don't know if it's in my head or if it's just because of breast feeding that it feels like it's different or if I'm only worried because the area is tender although I know for a fact cancer doesn't hurt.
I'm definitely going to my surgeon on Saturday, but any words of comfort or information if you've been there or had done exams while BFing and know that there is indeed a difference would help. Also would you go to a GYNE or an oncologist for this? I'm only thinking GYNE because she would have more experience with BFing than an oncologist or a surgeon