I heard that sometimes the silicone leaks and if that were to ever happen would it get into my breast milk?
Is It Safe to Breastfeed if I Have Breast Implants?
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VIDEO BELOW: Silicone can get into breast milk in women who have breast implants but it is far less than formula
Yes it is true that Silicone can get into breast milk in women who have breast implants but it is far less than formula by well over a hundred fold!!!! I am attaching a VIDEO I have prepared discussing this. Furthermore, I wrote a rebuttal pulbished in JAMA to such an article claiming disease in children which was junk science.
Is it Safe to Breast Feed with Breast Implants in Place?
The last published study on this looked at breast milk in women who had implants in the 1990's and compared the level of silicone present to breast milk from nursing mothers who did not have implants. The same study also looked at store bought cow's milk.
The answer was that there was no difference in silicone levels between a mothers’ milk with or without breast implants. The cow's milk however had 10 times more silicone (still at a very low level however).
Today, implants are made even better than they were. The new gummy bear or highly cohesive implants are very unlikely to spill or leak any silicone so your baby will in no way be compromised by breast implants.
I hope that helps.
Breast Implants and Breast Feeding
To answer the perceived toxicity of Silicone by the general public—this is quite a different matter.
Breast implants have been around since the 1960s. About 15 years ago Connie Chung ran an exposé, Face to Face with Connie Chung, claiming silicone implants were responsible for different health problems. This led to lawsuits, a huge windfall for lawyers, and the subsequent ban on silicone implants for first-time breast augmentation patients went into effect. They were always available for breast reconstruction (e.g. after mastectomy) and replacement of existing silicone breasts. Also, please note that saline implants are still covered by a silicone envelope.
Soon after, a ban on silicone implant use became worldwide. This lasted for years until more than 100 clinical studies showed that breast implants aren’t related to cancer, lupus, scleroderma, other connective tissue diseases, or the host of other problems they were accused of causing.
June 1999, The Institute of Medicine released a 400-page report prepared by an independent committee of 13 scientists. They concluded that although silicone breast implants may be responsible for localized problems such as hardening or scarring of breast tissue, implants do not cause any major diseases such as depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
The Institute of Medicine is part of the National Academy of Sciences, the nation’s most prestigious scientific organization.
Eventually, a federal judge dismissed/rejected the lawsuits, declaring them junk science and ended for the most part the barrage of lawsuits. This led to the present reintroduction of silicone implants years ago and their approval by the FDA. Interestingly enough, most of the rest of the world reintroduced them many years prior to the United States.