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    This Cancer Survivor Put A "No Breastfeeding Zone" Banner In Her Delivery Room And Here's Why

    "I wanted a subtle way to tell them why I wouldn't be breastfeeding, but also direct enough to get my point across."

    This is Meghan Koziel and her daughter, Kendra Jane, who was born in September.

    Koziel was diagnosed with Stage 2B breast cancer in 2015 at 26 β€” and underwent a double mastectomy, twelve rounds of chemotherapy, and extensive breast reconstruction surgery, an experience she has shared with her Instagram followers from the beginning.

    Koziel's determination to share her journey became even stronger two years later when, after six months of trying to conceive naturally β€” including halting all medications β€” she and her husband John discovered she was pregnant.

    Koziel told BuzzFeed that she had a little help coming up with the idea to hang a "no breastfeeding zone" banner in the delivery room to alert hospital staff that she would be formula feeding her baby due to her mastectomy.

    Koziel's nurses and doctors loved the banner...and so did her Instagram followers, who have shared it in droves.

    Koziel said that she was surprised by the attention her Instagram post has received, and that since it has gone viral, she's received both positive and negative responses.

    But the attention her story has generated is overwhelmingly good, Koziel said, and for every handful of negative comments, there have been thousands of positive ones.

    Meghan Koziel / Via Instagram: @meghankoziel

    Since becoming a new mom, Koziel's outlook remains positive and supportive of other women battling cancer. Through her social media posts, she encourages them to stay on top of self-breast exams, to "sparkle on", and to never, ever give up hope.

    As for baby Kendra Jane β€” who is named after the oncologist who saved her mother's life β€” Koziel told BuzzFeed, "She's amazing! The love of our lives. And she's thriving...just like Mommy."

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