Re: Help, lump and biopsy
Hmmm....I'm a surgeon who operates on the breast often. Breast abscesses are not uncommon in women who are breast feeding, but I'd like to know more about "they don't want to treat it." Meaning they don't want to give you antibiotics? If that is the case, I think that is reasonable, especially if it's been aspirated to dry (no more fluid) and you don't have any redness, pain, fever, fatigue. I'd agree with that plan. But are they going to recheck another ultrasound to make sure it's gone away? It's common for them to recur, especially when you don't have a big operation. Overall, I'm in favor of aspiration rather than operation, but it means that you should repeat the ultrasound to document that it's gone, or reaspirate it if it hasn't.
Also, I wish I could shout this from the rooftops. EMPTYING THE BREAST IS GOOD FOR BREAST INFECTIONS. There is good data to show that it reduces length and severity of breast infections. You may get a milk leak, which is a little bit of a pain, but breastfeeding will help you get better faster. You should NOT have been told to wait 6 hours; if you were given something that shouldn't have been passed on to baby, you should have been instructed to pump and dump.
And, I'm very happy that this is not cancer.
DS Ethan 12/16/2008
Breast fed/pumped 11 months as a surgical resident, 80 hours a week at work
DS Abram Daniel 12/20/2012
Feel like we've gotten a strong start