Any mom who has breastfed knows that babies can sometimes be fussy and have trouble taking milk from the breast. But this is one case of nursing trouble that led to an astonishing discovery.
In 2012, Shakti Dalal's daughter, Laila, now 3, had stopped wanting to breastfeed on one side.
“She was really fussy. And she was only two months old, so it was pretty precocious of her to communicate to me that there was something wrong," the 41-year-old mom, who also has two sons, told Yahoo Parenting.
That's when Dalal noticed a lump in that same breast, and though she thought it might be a block milked duct, she went to see her doctor anyway.
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Tests came back with devastating news: Dalal had stage 3 breast cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes. Doctors thought the cancer cells may have produced a bitter taste, which is why baby Laila no longer wanted link from that side--a decision that turned out to save her mom's life.
Now cancer-free after chemotherapy, radiation, and a single mastectomy, this mom wants to use her story to encourage women to pay attention to any inkling they have that their health may be at risk.
“You really need to stop and listen to your body and get things addressed immediately,” she says.
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