2 weeks….TOPS! If you have had a plugged duct do not wait, get in to your OB! If your OB office won’t see you, say this: “I’m concerned I have Inflammatory Breast Cancer.” Seriously! They will get you in within days and if not, go to your family physician or even the ER. It probably isn’t but you shouldn’t fool around. Even mastitis clears up after a few weeks or your whole body gets a fever. IBC stays in your breast or around your breast area and mimics a plugged duct or mastitis.
I didn’t know about inflammatory breast cancer and I waited two months before really pushing the issue.
Here’s what will happen. They will put you on antibiotics. If the antibiotics doesn’t clear you up in a week, they will do a biopsy or ultrasound.
I’m very outspoken about this because everywhere I looked for breastfeeding help avoided saying “breast cancer” so as not to scare breastfeeding moms. But you need to know it is a possibility, albeit rare.