I know I don't usually post over here, but have lurked some over the past week or so, and just feel compelled to share.
I have been pregnant and/or breastfeeding for the last 4 years ... until today.
See my siggy for details on that timeline...I nursed during at least part of my last two pregnancies.
My baby turned 9 months old last week...on that day I found out I had at least a Stage 2 breast cancer.
Two days later I weaned him cold turkey from nursing at the breast. Today I pumped my last bottle. Ever.
I will begin chemotherapy in a week or so. Even if I am able to have more children when this ordeal is over, I won't have the option of nursing my baby as I will be having bilateral mastectomies to defeat this cancer!
During this Breast Feeding awareness week, I wanted to encourage each of you to hold your baby close and enjoy that sweet, breast feeding bond between you and your child.
I'd also like to encourage you to perform monthly breast exams, even though we all know our breasts change constantly while we are nursing. I thought I had a clogged duct/brewing mastitis and delayed going to my doctor for about a month.
Feel free to ask questions and I'll be happy to answer them if I can.
THanks for listening.