US mum Meghan Koziel has recently welcomed a baby girl and felt the need to create a “No Breastfeeding Zone” sign to clear up any confusion.
Meghan is confidently feeding her new baby formula from day one.
Why? Because breastfeeding is simply not a possibility for her. Not that any explanation should be required!
Meghan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, undergoing a double mastectomy. She is lucky to be a survivor and become a mum to little Kendra.
“NO BREASTFEEDING ZONE,” the sign reads. “Though breastfeeding is a very special task, please be aware before you ask. Our miracle baby will be formula fed, and it will not affect her future ahead. This mommy is a survivor.”
Meghan shared her story on Instagram to raise awareness of the issues that new mums who have been treated for breast cancer may face.
“Attention please, attention please,” her Instagram posts reads. “We do indeed have a mommy-to-be who had breast cancer and a mastectomy which means, without boobs in the houseeeee!”
“Got the banner raised just in case people are confused at why we are NOT going to be breastfeeding our little bundle of joy. Yes I have foobs, no I do not have boobs (or nipples) therefore … my body is incapable of breastfeeding:) – sign was made by me!!!!!)”
Meghan has shared numerous images on social media to help raise more awareness about breast cancer and getting a regular checkup!
*TRIGGER warning – some readers may find the below images disturbing
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Attention please, attention please. We do indeed have a mommy-to-be who had breast cancer and a mastectomy which means, without boobs in the houseeeee! Got the banner raised just in case people are confused at why we are NOT going to be breastfeeding our little bundle of joy. Yes I have foobs, no I do not have boobs (or nipples) therefore… my body is incapable of breastfeeding:) -sign was made by me!!!!!) ???? thank u @japalelis for the inspiration! #breastcancer #pregnancy #thebump #bump #babybump #pregnant #survivor #thriver #breastcancer #breastcancerawareness #pregnantafterchemo #pregnancydiary #pregnantbelly #photography #38weekspregnant #inducedlabor #laboranddelivery #formulafeeding #breastfeeding #breastfeedingmama #banner #breastfeedingbanner #nobreastfeeding
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October. To many it’s the month after September, to some it’s all about that pumpkin spice and Ugg boots. Then there are those who relish in the excitement of Halloween and costumes. And although each of these scenarios I can relate to… 3 years ago, the month of October changed my life forever. On October 12, 2015, yes In the month that is covered in Pink and where Breast Cancer awareness is at an all time high… I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 26 years young! Three years later… On October 8th, my mom will be undergoing a double mastectomy because she was diagnosed with breast cancer. WE are the 1 in 8 women that will be diagnosed in a lifetime. WE are living with a genetic mutation (PALB2) that predisposes us for an increased risk of diagnosis. Now being a mom myself, I am faced everyday with the fear that my daughter will have the genetic mutation that gave me my scars. That changed my body and my life forever. I get asked all the time, how or if I’m going to tell my daughter… and I sort of laugh because why wouldn’t I! She will know mommy’s body is different, and I will explain to her why… I will educate her on boobs and her body as soon as she is able to understand… and I won’t make CANCER something scary… the BIG C will be explained as another diagnosis. Something to be aware of… something that changed my life… and something that will always be a part of hers. This October, I challenge YOU to make a difference. Find reputable organizations like @metavivor to donate money to increase funds for breast cancer research. Educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Talk to your doctor about your body and changes. And PLEASE feel your boobies… early detection makes treatment more successful! ????: @jen_haseleu #breastcancer #breastcancerawareness #scars #mastectomy #doublemastectomy #portacath #portscar #port #boobies #savetheboobies #breast #cancer #breastcancersurvivor #thinkpink #thisisnotpink #breastfeeding #baby #postpartum #thebump #boobs #mastectomyscars #kissthis4mbc #daughter #genemutation #geneticmutation #breastcancermonth #momanddaughter #momanddaughtergoals #formulafeeding #feelitonthefirst #thisisnotpink A post shared by She Sparkles On (@meghankoziel) on
Three years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I thought my life would never ever be the same. I was forced to make so many HUGE life decisions including preserving my fertility through an egg retrieval was one of them. After two years on hormone blocking medications (because my cancer is so aggressive and highly affected my estrogen and progesterone), I made the decision to go off of my medications to fulfill my lifelong dream of being a mom! On Saturday September 15th, my dream came true when we were blessed with the birth of our beautiful miracle baby! Cancer has changed my life forever… but looking down at this sweet little girl makes all my fears of recurrence and having to go through active treatment again fade away! I am so so so blessed and will forever Sparkle On* ????: @jen_haseleu #breastcancer #babyafterbreastcancer #fertility #baby #mastectomy #portscar #breastcancer #mastectomy #mastectomyscars #foobs #breastreconstruction #breastreconstructionawareness #savetheboobies #pregnantaftercancer #baby #newbornphotography
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October 12, 2015 my life changed forever. I received the call… the unimaginable, the “you have cancer” call. I was 26 years young, just beginning my adult life. Over the past 3 years… my life has completely 360’d. We bought a house, got married, went through Egg retrieval and made 3 embryo babies that are still frozen somewhere, I went through chemo, lost my hair, radiation, countless surgeries, lost my boobs, gained some foobs, I have a body full of scars… BUT I survived! My life surely changed… Never in a million years if you asked my 26 year old pre-cancer self where I saw myself in 5 years would it include boobless with a cancer history. But today… exactly one month until our little miracle baby arrives, I can’t think of anything to be more grateful for! This is exactly the life I would have wanted in my 5 year plan! I have been given the strength and a second chance to LIVE my best life! Sure, I have some scars, and some of my parts have been replaced like a broken Barbie doll… BUT I am alive and I cannot wait to start this next chapter of being a MOM!!!!! I am so so blessed #tanlines #dontmindmytan #breastcancer #breastcancersurvivor #mastectomy #mastectomyscars #pregnant #thebump #pregnancyandcancer #cancer #scars #thriver #pregnancy #myscarstellmystory #myscarsarebeautiful #milkbathphotography ????: @jillfranz #inspire #thriver #surviver #preggo #preggobelly #pregnantbelly #pregnancydiary #maternity #maternityphotography #maternityshoot #roses #maternityphotoshoot #foobs #scars #mastectomyrecovery #plasticsurgery
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Meghan has received thousands of messages of support, but of course there is always that one or two that have the answer to everything – like using donor milk. Fed is best for this mumma and that is perfectly OK!
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