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    Default How long to stop?

    I was told today that I need to stop pumping one side for a month in order to have a rather large, sometimes painful lump removed.

    I am an exclusive pumper and am currently at 3x a day. I was thinking of dropping the one side to 2x this week, then 1x the week after, and then stopping after that. That would mean that I wouldn't pump it for about 2 - 2 1/2 weeks before the surgery...

    The question is, how long does it take for you to stop producing milk in a breast that is not being expressed?

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    Default Re: How long to stop?

    Is the lump a clogged duct or something else?

    Way too lazy for formula

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    Default Re: How long to stop?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*djs.mom View Post
    Is the lump a clogged duct or something else?
    That and are they giving a reason why it needs to be removed now and why you have to stop pumping?
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    Default Re: How long to stop?

    It's a benign lump, not a clog. I've had it for a year now, and it causes me pain and discomfort. While they say it's a very slim chance it's cancerous, I've had family members (slightly removed) who had breast cancer and it concerns me. I think it's gotten larger.

    They say it won't go away on its own (like I was told before) and that I will still be able to nurse afterwards so long as I wait a few months to let it heal. I'd like to get it done so that if we decide to have another, we don't have to wait a few months to try after we've decided (my husband's on the fence about this, so if he ever decides to have another, I don't want us to have to wait a few months).

    As for why I have to stop pumping that side; no one likes to do surgery on a lactating woman's breast because the milk will go into the excision and will keep seeping, hindering the healing process, etc. I know I've heard of some women having this done without stopping nursing, but I've talked to a few different docs on this, and they all say the same thing -- no removal without stopping. At least this one says I only need to stop on that side.

    Also, I'm not sure how much longer I'm going to be where I am, and that means I don't know how much longer I'll have insurance before I have to wait through another insurance qualification period. While I appreciate the questions, they don't answer the one that I need answers to.
    Last edited by @llli*krystal; July 30th, 2008 at 04:26 AM.

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    Default Re: How long to stop?

    http://www.breastfeeding-basics.com/...pression.shtml

    The answer to your question in particular can be found in the paragraphs that follow the eight tips to aid lactation suppression. HTH!
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