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Hard, painless, lump. Breastfeeding.

(10 Posts)
cobaltblue27 Tue 21-Feb-17 09:31:00

Hi everyone,

DS2 will be 10 weeks tomorrow. I have found a small pea-sized lump, hard and smooth, painless, which I don't think moves very much just above and outside my areola. DS2 is currently exclusively breastfed. I am going to get an appointment with Gp today, but feel absolutely terrified. The hardness, painlessness, and immovable nature of it makes it seem very likely it is cancer and I am so frightened. I have suffered from excess milk supply and overactive letdown since the beginning, but I don't think this is a blocked duct as it doesn't hurt. This lump is also in the breast which tends to produce less (although hard to know as I feed more from the other, so hard to work out cause and effect), which is yet another sign of cancer. Does anyone have any similar experience? Am 34, breastfed DS1 for 10 months, don't smoke, and don't have a family history of BC...

MajorClanger123 Tue 21-Feb-17 09:37:13

Don't panic cobalt (although I know that's easier said than done). Your body will have gone through huge hormonal shifts during & post pregnancy, and this may well explain the lump that has appeared.

Definitely see your GP and insist a referral to the breast clinic. You will then have a 2 week wait (which can drive you slightly potty waiting) but I found once I actually got to the clinic, I was much calmer.

No experience of lumps whilst breast feeding, but I have just been to the clinic about a breast lump. flowers

cobaltblue27 Tue 21-Feb-17 09:49:23

Thanks so much MajorClanger for emailing. I'm meant to be doing some work while waiting to go to GP but can't concentrate. DS2 is asleep and DS1 playing and have been up half the night worrying about them. So tired. Appt is at 1050...

DubiousCredentials Tue 21-Feb-17 09:56:03

Good luck for your appointment. From what I've read the cancerous lumps tend to be nobbly rather than smooth so try to focus on that. I've just been through a breast clinic referral so know just how you are feeling. I was seen by gp, referred, seen by breast clinic and discharged within 8 days so a very efficient service. Also remember something like 9 out of 10 breast lumps are benign.


MajorClanger123 Tue 21-Feb-17 10:14:52

Let us know how it goes cobalt.

Dubious - glad to hear all ok with your clinic appt smile

DubiousCredentials Tue 21-Feb-17 10:31:47

Thanks Major and sorry to see you're still worried. They told me they couldn't see anything on the ultrasound so it was "probably" glandular tissue causing the pain. I'd have preferred a blocked duct or a cyst tbh so it was more conclusive but the doctors all reassured me that there was nothing to see so I'm trying to be happy with that.

MajorClanger123 Tue 21-Feb-17 10:55:58

Thanks dubious - I just keep kicking myself I didn't ask enough, but to be honest, your clinic trip sounds similar to mine (which does make me feel better smile). I started a thread in AIBU (to ask for a second opinion) and a breast surgeon consultant very kindly answered and made me feel lots better grin

Cobalt Sorry - thread hi-jack! Hope your GP appt went smoothly.

cobaltblue27 Tue 21-Feb-17 21:42:51

Hi everyone. GP was nice. He has referred me for a scan next Wednesday. He said the lump was pretty small, and the fact that it was so uniformly round and smooth were positive signs. I am still really worried though and keep finding myself prodding my breast all the time. It is like a bead under the skin.

MajorClanger123 Tue 21-Feb-17 22:19:53

Hi cobalt glad you've got a scan booked. It's really hard not to keep prodding your lump - I ended up with a really sore boob (which obviously stressed me even more) during the wait due to over prodding. I also got terrible shoulder and upper back ache during the wait, which I now realise were tension / stress as they seemed to magically disappear when I entered the clinic waiting room. Good luck and let us know how it goes xx

BThorne Wed 27-Sep-17 22:13:51

Hi everyone, I have the exact same thing as what is being described, just waiting for my referral to come through for my appointment but can’t help thinking the worst, currently breastfeeding my 2 week old... what did your specialist say the lump was in the end? Mine is fixed; small and round / smooth but can only feel the top half...

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