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A woman learned she had breast cancer after her son refused to feed from one of her breasts, and it’s likely because the tumor made her milk taste bitter

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  • From the time Joanne Carr had her son Dougie, the U.K.-based mom breastfed him with no issue, so she was surprised when, at 14 months old, Dougie refused to feed from her right breast, Yahoo UK reported.
  • Carr decided to investigate further and did a breast self-exam, where she found a lump that ended up being cancerous.
  • "The research is not 100% clear, but we believe that the taste of the milk changes [when there is cancer present]," international board certified lactation consultant Leigh Anne O'Connor told INSIDER.
  • Carr is now in remission for breast cancer after undergoing eight rounds of chemotherapy.
  • Visit INSIDER's homepage for more.

From the time Joanne Carr had her son Dougie, the UK-based mom breastfed him with no issue. So she was surprised when, at 14 months old, Dougie refused to feed from her right breast, Yahoo UK reported.

"He fed on the other one fine. I thought I might have a blocked duct or something. It was very strange," Carr, 37, told Yahoo UK.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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