• Can I Breastfeed After a Breast Augmentation Surgery?

Can I Breastfeed After a Breast Augmentation Surgery?

With the growing number of women undertaking a breast augmentation surgery, more and more are looking for information about the possibility of breastfeeding after their procedure. In short, the odds are in your favour when it comes to breastfeeding your baby after your breast augmentation. However, the most important things to consider to determine your breastfeeding success depend on why and how your procedure was done.

Breastfeeding After a Breast Augmentation Surgery

The first thing you will need to consider is where the incisions were made. If your incisions were made near your armpits or under the natural folds of your breast, you should still be able to produce milk without any problems. However, incisions made around or through your areolae or nipples can increase your risk of having problems with breastfeeding because it’s likely that your nerves and milk ducts were cut. If you’re planning to breastfeed after your surgery, make sure to discuss this with your doctor during your consultation so we can determine the option and method that works best for you.

If you still have feeling and sensation in your nipples after your surgery, you have a much better chance at producing a full supply of milk. It’s a good sign that your nerves are functioning normally and as they should be. However, if you’ve had your procedure recently (within the last 1 to 2 years), full sensation may not have returned just yet, but you still may be able to breastfeed just fine.

You’ll also need to consider where your implants are placed. For the best breastfeeding success, implants under your chest muscles are the way to go. Implants placed on top of your chest muscle, or under the glandular tissue of your breasts can sometimes interrupt the production of milk.

The last thing to consider to determine your breastfeeding success after your breast augmentation is why you needed a breast augmentation in the first place. If you simply wanted the procedure done for cosmetic purposes, or to enlarge the appearance of your small breasts, then you are still a great candidate for breastfeeding success. However, some women undergo a breast augmentation procedure because their breast tissue is underdeveloped, or because their natural breasts are spaced far apart, tubular in shape, or asymmetrical. If you experienced any of the listed descriptions above before receiving implants, you may have some difficulties with producing breast milk because you may lack the amount of glandular tissue required in the production of milk. Don’t give up just yet, however! You may find it helpful to use a breast pump after each nursing session to stimulate milk production. Otherwise, it is best to speak to your doctor about supporting, increasing, and supplementing your baby’s diet.

August 3, 2018
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