Breastfeeding may still be possible
One cannot imagine what it is like for a woman to lose her breasts. Breasts are not just something that has been overly sexualized. They are a part of a woman’s body. She watches them grow. She feels them ache when she is menstruating. They represent a very real connection to what it is to be a woman. They are the things that she will go on to feed her child with. They are objects of femininity and nourishment. To not be able to breastfeed your child because they have been taken away is like being stabbed directly in the heart.
Luckily, however, DCIS does not mean that a woman will lose her breasts and it does not say that she will not be able to breastfeed when she does want children. Granted this is not with all cases. But, if a woman has only had surgery to remove cancer, then she should be able to produce milk and breastfeed. If, however, she has had radiation and chemotherapy, then a fertility doctor should be consulted with. The point is that there is always hope. A DCIS diagnosis does not mean that breastfeeding is impossible.