Fibrocystic breasts

I am seven weeks pregnant with my third child. I nursed both of my children. My doctor has told me that I have fibrocystic breast disease and I was worried that this may cause problems with nursing my next baby.

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Fibrocystic breast disease affects almost one-half of women of childbearing age. As we age, our breast tissue becomes more dense and we may develop non-cancerous lumps or cysts, along with swelling, and tenderness or pain. Since so many women are affected, the American Cancer Society has recommended that health care providers use the term "fibrocystic changes," rather than continuing to designate it as a disease. This condition regresses during pregnancy. Breastfeeding delays the return of symptoms for some women. This condition should present no particular problem for you while breastfeeding. Best wishes!

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