The biggest concern I would have with implants is nursing because I'd like to have children in the future. I never heard you couldn't, but I didn't know if it would make it impossible or not.
Can You Breast Feed with Implants?
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Breast Feeding and Breast Implants
Several Considerations- Breastfeeding Can Be Impacted
It’s important to realize that not every woman has the potential to breast feed and that some procedures can adversely impact the ability to breast feed.When periareolar incisions are performed, the ductal system has the potential to be impaired.Breast reduction and lift procedures can significantly disrupt the ductal system as well.Despite these exceptions, the majority of patients have no difficulty breast feeding.
It’s important to realize that there’s no scientific data to suggest that breast feeding in the presence of breast implants harms a newborn child.For this reason, breast implants don’t represent a contraindication to breast feeding.
Breast aesthetics can be adversely impacted by breast feeding.In many cases, patients lose breast volume and develop breast sag.These changes can occur with or without breast implants and may eventually require revisional surgery.
Despite these changes, the vast majority of women find breast feeding to be a gratifying experience that helps the developing relationship between mother and child.
Breastfeeding with Breast Implants
Hi LisaNJ, Many patients often wonder about their ability to breastfeed after undergoing breast augmentation. Have no fear! Breastfeeding after breast augmentation is definitely possible! An experienced surgeon can develop a surgical plan that will utilize certain surgical techniques that will decrease the risks. Another comforting factor to consider is that most mothers generally produce more milk than their infants have an appetite for! So even in the event your milk production is slightly reduced, it is not usually a problem.
If you have concerns about your ability to breastfeed, it is important to have an assessment to determine your natural ability to breastfeed prior to breast augmentation surgery. About five percent of women just naturally are not able to lactate or produce enough milk. Similarly, nipple anatomy and a baby’s inability to suckle appropriately can also reduce the success of breastfeeding. These factors may exist in patients regardless of breast augmentation, and it’s important to consider them.
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Many young women seeking breast augmentation become concerned about how the procedure could potentially affect their future - if they have children later on, will having breast implants prevent them from being able to breastfeed their newborn? Although this is a common concern, the truth is that if your body was able to produce milk prior to breast augmentation surgery, you should still be capable to do so afterward. A small percentage of all women are simply unable to produce a sufficient amount of milk for a baby, so if a patient has never attempted to breastfeed prior to surgery, it is unknown whether or not she will be able to lactate after breast augmentation.
When performed by a skilled and experienced board certified plastic surgeon, breast augmentation surgery should not interfere with the milk ducts or glands in the breast. Regardless of breast implant placement and/or incision location, most women who become new mothers after surgery should be able to breastfeed safely and effectively, assuming their bodies were capable of lactating prior to surgery.
Hope this helps.
Pregnancy, breast feeding and implants are all compatible. Proceed with confidence.
Breast implant surgery does not get in the way of pregnancy or breast feeding. If this is your biggest concern regarding implant surgery, prepare to move forward.
I would advise that you opt for submuscular implant placement with inframammary incision. Nipple and breast glands and ducts are not directly impacted with this surgical approach. You should also know that your breasts will change over time, even after implant surgery. Hence, pregnancy, nursing, weight fluctuations and the weight of gravity over time are all factors.
Good luck to you.
Breast Feeding With Implants
Can you breastfeed with implants?
Let me assure you, breastfeeding is absolutely possible following breast implants.
Women can breast feed following a breast augmentation granted they were able to do so prior to the procedure. In general, it is hard to predict who will be able to breast feed successfully even without implants. But the implants themselves should not eliminate your possibility.
Can You Breast Feed with Implants?
Most patients are able to breast-feed after breast augmentation. When the time is right, seek consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons to more specifically discuss your concerns, placement of incisions, timing of surgery…
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