I have to admit my baby had the bumps for a long time. They were there and then they spread before I even realized what was going on.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, molluscum contagiosum (MC) are pink bumps with a dimple in the center. They are thought about like warts, but they aren’t. They are caused by a poxvirus. They are really contagious, but doctors can’t do much for them. They supposedly go away on their own in 1-2 years.
Picture this: You’ve got a booklet of papers you need to copy. You go to the copy machine, press the buttons, and walk away expecting that when you come back you’ll have 200 collated copies of your booklet. When you get back you realize there was a glitch in the settings and now you’ve got a whole stack of just the cover sheet. On top of that, there is a blemish on every single copy so they can’t even be used. If you’d been standing there, you would have noticed and fixed it right away. That’s what happens with cancer. A cell gets misprinted and makes a bunch of copies that don’t work right. Everybody has cancer cells in their bodies. Usually though, the immune system is right there and handles it right away. But, if the immune system is distracted by another illness or weakened by chemicals, lack of nutrition, or something else, then it’s as if it just walked away, not noticing that a bad copy keeps running. That stack of blemished cover sheets is a tumor.
Have you ever experienced the pain that is shingles? I don’t recommend it. Especially not an inch above the nipple and around the back. Especially not with a handsy breastfeeder.
But my baby was exclusively breastfed so I did what I needed to do.