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Topic: Gettting human milk to infant after bilateral mastectomy

Forum: Family and Family Planning Matters —

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Posted on: Mar 18, 2021 07:08PM

grateful2balive wrote:

Hi, I am happy that some women are able to succesfully become moms (or add to their family) after a breast cancer dx. Those of you who became moms after bilateral mastectomy (I'm sure this applies to at least one person reading this), did you feed with formula alone, or were you able to buy breast milk from a milk bank? I know hospitals will sometimes provide donated breast milk to premature infants in the NICU but, what if your child was born at term with healthy delivery? Is there any place one can buy safe human milk, or is formula the only option? Thank you

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Mar 18, 2021 07:14PM - edited Mar 18, 2021 07:14PM by ShetlandPony

I do not know, but La Leche League International would be a good source of information. Here is a link for the USA LLL.

2011 Stage I ITCs sn, premenopausal, Oncotype 16. 2014 Stage IV mets breast,liver. TaxolNEAD. Ibrance+letrozole 2yrs. Fas+afinitor nope. XelodaNEAD 2yrs. Eribulin,Doxil nope. SUMMIT FaslodexHerceptinNeratinib for Her2mut NEAD Dx 2011, ILC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 2014, ILC, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/other, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast Surgery Lumpectomy
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Mar 18, 2021 07:32PM bcincolorado wrote:

If you have a local children's hospital check with them as well. When I had my children (pre-cancer) I donated breast milk to someone who could not nurse for medical reasons like that. It was done through the hospital system and easy to do and do not think they charged them either since it was done by donation.

Dx 8/2009, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/6/2010 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left Hormonal Therapy 1/14/2010 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 1/29/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Mar 18, 2021 07:36PM moth wrote:

Hello, I'm a lactation consultant. You may be able to access the milk bank but it really depends on your community & availability. Many milk banks are short of milk and have to prioritize clinically vulnerable infants. However, in some communities it is possible to get milk for full term stable babies.

You can find a milk bank through this link

best wishes

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Dx 12/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 2/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 3/19/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 11/26/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Dx 12/9/2020, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Radiation Therapy 12/9/2020 External Hormonal Therapy 12/16/2020 Femara (letrozole) Dx 1/28/2021, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone Radiation Therapy 3/3/2021 External: Bone
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Mar 19, 2021 05:36PM - edited Mar 19, 2021 05:43PM by grateful2balive

Thank you to all for these helpful links and information. I send you a big hug and wishes for a peaceful weekend.

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