Breastfeeding can create a wonderful bond between a baby and mother — it’s often a wonderful experience for both mom and baby.
Unfortunately, many moms aren’t able to breastfeed, for a variety of reasons. It can be absolutely heartbreaking if a baby won’t breastfeed.
For one mom in the U.K., her baby’s refusal to breastfeed may have saved her life.
Sarah Boyle, 26 years old, Sarah was thrilled when she gave birth to her son, Teddy. She was excited to start breastfeeding him, which went well for six months, but then Teddy suddenly stopped drinking from her right breast.
When Sarah offered Teddy her left breast, he would drink from it no problem.
When Sarah turned Teddy around to feed from her right breast, however, he would scream and cry.
Sarah and her husband, 28-year-old Steven, were concerned that something was wrong with Sarah or Teddy, so a few months after Teddy started refusing her breast, Sarah went to her general practitioner.
The doctor recommended she go to the hospital for scans and a biopsy, and two weeks later Sarah got stunning news.
[H/T Daily Mail]
When Sarah Boyle gave birth to her son, Teddy, she immediately began breastfeeding him.
She realized that something was wrong six months later when Teddy refused to drink from her right breast, getting distressed when Sarah offered it to him.
A few months after Teddy stopped feeding from her right breast, Sarah went to the doctor to see if something was wrong, and they sent her to the hospital for a biopsy and scans.
Two weeks later, Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now Sarah is receiving chemotherapy, and she is preparing to have a double mastectomy.
Sarah told Daily Mail, “Teddy is my hero — if it hadn’t been for him I would never have suspected I had cancer. My consultant told me breastfeeding helps a mother and baby bond. In my case it did more than that — it saved my life.”
Five months after giving birth, Sarah noticed something was different between her breasts, but her doctors told her there was nothing to worry about.
Just a month later, Teddy started refusing Sarah’s right breast.
When Teddy was 8 months old, Sarah went back to her doctors and asked them to refer her for a scan.
“I felt as if Teddy was trying to tell me something. It was what you might call a mother’s instinct,” Sarah explained.
“I felt so proud of Teddy for bringing the problem to my attention,” Sarah said. “The cancer inside the cyst had been growing for three months – the exact same time Teddy stopped feeding from my breast.”
Sarah is extremely lucky that she breastfed her son, otherwise she may not have discovered the cancer until it was too late.
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