Yes, you can have a mammogram while breastfeeding, but let's talk a bit about that.
A mammogram is a type of X-ray used to detect changes in breast tissue, including those from cancer. The radiation exposure from a mammogram is very low and isn’t harmful to your baby 1 , so you can safely continue breastfeeding before and after the procedure.
However, it's essential to keep in mind that breastfeeding can make mammograms a bit more challenging to read. During lactation, breast tissue is more dense 2 , which may obscure potential issues or lead to false positives. For this reason, doctors often recommend scheduling your mammogram around your baby's feeding times when your breasts are less full, or postponing routine mammograms until after you've stopped breastfeeding.
Still, if you or your doctor feel a lump or notice other worrying symptoms, don't delay getting a mammogram just because you're breastfeeding. Always discuss these concerns with your healthcare provider, and they can guide you to make the best decision.