Breastfeeding after breast augmentation?
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Are there negatives to breastfeeding with implants?
Breast Implants and breast feeding
Thank you for your question.The scientific literature is not excellent on the subject but I do not know of any specific causality of breast implants and inability to breast feed. With a periareolar incision some of the milk ducts would be transected and this could possibly affect breast feeding. With inframammary fold, axillary, and umbilical incisions the milk ducts should not be injured and the position of the implant either under the muscle or breast gland should also not result in damage to the milk production. It is important to keep in mind that some women without any breast surgery at all ultimately are not successful with breast feeding for a variety of reasons.Best Dr. L
Breast implants and breast feeding
- Virtually any breast surgery can negatively affect your ability to breast feed.
- The studies show that most women (more than 70%) after breast augmentation, like most women without breast augmentation can breast feed.
- But about 10% fewer will breast feed and if so, the length of time they breast feed will be about 10% shorter.
- It may be that breast implant patients are as a group slightly less able to breast feed and that it is unrelated to their surgery.
- The position of the implant does not appear to have an effect on breast feeding.
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Breastfeeding and BA
No I do not believe there is scientific evidence of any major negative effects from implants regarding breastfeeding. The negative effects that are present would be the risk of disconnecting the milk duct from the nipple. From my experience more than 90% of women are able to breast feed after breast augmentation. Your chances are better when precautions are taken such as avoiding the periareola incision (we want to completely avoid the risk of losing nipple sensation) and placing the implant under the muscle, away from the glands (Although, even placing the implant in a subglandular position will not cause problems for most). When becoming pregnant after breast augmentation, know that your breast will grow like normal during this time. After the baby and breastfeeding, breasts will sag like they normally do. You may need a revision with a lift if this happens.
Breast Feeding Post Breast Augmentation
Breastfeeding after breast augmentation surgery
Implants placed through this route and partway under the muscle should have no effect on milk ducts/breastfeeding. If a woman would have been able to breast feed before BA she should be able to after as well. I recommend that you talk about risks and considerations with your Plastic Surgeon prior to surgery.
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Breast Feeding After Breast Augmentation #breastaugmentation
- Breast implants placed through an incision under the breast, or through the armpit, should not interfere with breast feeding.
- Additionally, by having implants placed in the dual plane position, under the muscle, plastic surgeons can assure that even less breast tissue is distrubed vs. an incision around the areola.
- Do understand though, that some women even without implants cannot breastfeed successfully for various reasons.
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