How newborn baby spotted breast cancer and saved mum's life


Cancer mother claims her baby son saved her life by repeatedly rejecting her right breast while feeding 

Just two weeks after Teddy's behaviour prompted her to have a biopsy Sarah was diagnosed with grade 2 triple negative breast cancer. Pictured: Sarah during chemotherapy 

It's very important to pay attention to kids, even new born babes, while mums rush about in the hustle and bustle of life, it would be great to sometimes stop, listen, observe and try to find answers. Observing her baby, paying attention and visiting the hospital early to find out what's wrong,  is all  this new mum needed to stay alive.

For most new mothers, it can be traumatic if their baby refuses to breastfeed – but in Sarah Boyle’s case she believes it saved her life.
The 26-year-old call centre worker said her son Teddy, now one, would become distressed and scream when she tried to feed him – but only when


offered her right breast.


Concerned, she went to her GP and was referred to hospital for a scan and a biopsy. Two weeks later she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Mrs Boyle, who lives with her husband Steven, 28, in Staffordshire, is now receiving chemotherapy before having a double mastectomy.


 he said: ‘Teddy is my hero – if it hadn’t been for him I would never have suspected I had cancer.
‘My consultant told me breastfeeding helps a mother and baby bond. In my case it did more than that – it saved my life.


 ‘Teddy could obviously taste the milk from my right breast was different from my left, so he rejected it.’
She added: ‘My consultant said he’d never seen anything like it and was amazed. He told me it was very fortunate I chose to breastfeed otherwise my illness may not have been discovered.’
Mrs Boyle said that when Teddy was born in February last year, he took to breastfeeding ‘fantastically well’.


 Five months later, she noticed differences between her right and left breasts but her health care assistant told it nothing to be concerned about. A month later, however, Teddy stopped feeding from the right.
‘If I offered him that breast he would completely freak out,’ she said. ‘He’d become extremely distressed and scream the house down.’


 She had previously had a scare with a lump that turned out to be a benign cyst, so she returned to her GP and was told it was fine.

 But the feeding problem continued. ‘Teddy just wasn’t having it,’ she said. ‘I had no problems with my left breast but every time I tried with my right he would start screaming and get very upset. He wouldn’t go near it.’
When Teddy was eight months old, Mrs Boyle returned to her GP and asked to be referred for a scan.
She said: ‘I felt as if Teddy was trying to tell me something. It was what you might call a mother’s instinct.’

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