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Questions About Breastfeeding and Breast Augmentation

Breastfeeding one’s child is an act of love and the ability to breastfeed is regarded by many women to be sacrosanct. But many women have silicone or saline breast implants, which raises the question: Is breastfeeding possible after breast augmentation? In some cases, the answer is complicated and may depend on the placement of the implants and the surgical approach that the plastic surgeon used. In general, however, the majority of women do go on to successfully breastfeed their children despite the presence of breast implants.

Could breast implants affect breastfeeding?

Breast implants can indeed affect breastfeeding, but in most cases, women can still successfully breastfeed. You won’t know for sure until you try to breastfeed. However, if you have feeling in your nipples, you can most likely breastfeed. You should be aware that after your milk has come in, you might have exaggerated breast engorgement.

Does the surgical approach make a difference for breastfeeding?

If you wish to breastfeed the children you may have in the future, be sure to advise your plastic surgeon of this before you have the breast augmentation procedure. Your surgeon can make the incision in the underarm area or under the breast, rather than around the nipple. This reduces the risk of damage to the milk ducts, glands, and nerves. The placement of the implant is also important. When implants are placed under the chest muscle, there is a reduced risk of damage to the nerves and milk ducts. This placement also prevents silicone from leaking into the breast milk, should a leak occur.

How can I increase my milk supply?

Women with breast implants can take extra steps to increase their milk supplies. After each feeding, use a breast pump to completely empty each breast. This will stimulate your body to make more milk. Breast massage might also help.

At Oasis Plastic Surgery, breast augmentation procedures can be carefully designed with the needs of mothers in mind. Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Jennifer Geoghegan, is highly attuned to the special needs and concerns of women. You can reach us at (480) 264-6428 if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss having breast augmentation in Phoenix.

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