Can I Breast Feed with a Ruptured Saline Implant?

I have had a ruptured saline breast implant for 14 months now. I could not get it removed because I was breast feeding at the time. I waited 3 months for my milk to dry and right before surgery I found out I was pregnant and could not proceed with the surgery. Now baby is due any day, can I breast feed even with the ruptured implant?

Doctor Answers 7

It IS safe to breast feed. Do have the ruptured implant replaced after nursing is completed.

You can breast feed with confidence. Your body has safely absorbed and disposed of the ruptured saline in the implant. You'll want to be in touch with your plastic surgeon after the baby arrives and breast feeding is completed regarding an implant exchange. It sounds like you have a growing family. All the best to you. 

Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
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Breastfeeding with ruptured saline implant

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

Yes, it is safe to breastfeed with a ruptured saline implant. However, once you've stopped breastfeeding, please have it removed/replaced.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Feeding with Ruptured Implant

There is no problem breast feeding with a ruptured saline implant to you or your baby. The saline is absorbed as it is just salt water. Speak with your Plastic Surgeon re: best timing for removal when you are all finished with breast feeding

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Breast feeding after ruptured saline implant


Thank you for your question.

You should not have any worries when it comes to breast feeding with

the ruptured implant especially if it was placed under the muscle.. The saline solution has been safely absorbed into your body and will not be harmful to you or the baby. I would recommend you exchange them as soon as you can as the pocket is shrinking around the collapsed implant.

Dr. Sam Speron

Sam Speron, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Can I Breast Feed w/ a Ruptured Saline Implant?Answr:

You should not have any problem because of the rupture. That should have no effect at all on your ability to breast feed!

John J. Corey, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Implant rupture and breast feeding

More than likely breast feeding with a rupture saline implant should not be a problem but the implant should  be removed when able.  Speak to your surgeon.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

You can breast feed with a saline implant, ruptured or not

When the saline implant leaks the water is absorbed harmlessly into your system leaving the silicone rubber shell. The shell can be left in place and you can indeed breast feed without any harm or risk.

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

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