Is it Safe to Breastfeed after Breast Implants?

September 26, 2014

Breast implant surgery—or breast augmentation—is a safe, popular procedure that improves the appearance of breasts by creating a fuller, firmer figure. Many women may be putting off getting breast implants because they fear that they won’t be able to breastfeed once they have them, or that their implants will be damaged by breastfeeding. But women can rest assured that it is safe to breastfeed after having breast implants.

Breastfeeding After Breast Implants Surgery

Will breast implants affect my milk production?

If you are considering having breast implants and also plan on having children, you should consult with Dr. Backstein, who will recommend the types of breast implants which are safe for breastfeeding.

Most types of breast augmentation surgeries do not affect the milk glands. Implants are placed within a pocket created either below the muscle, or above the muscle but below the breast. The implant is not placed into the area of the breast where milk glands and ducts are located, which means there is no disruption of the breast glands, or milk, to the nipple. Implants placed under the chest muscle also means that no silicone can get into the breast milk.

Some breast augmentation surgeries consist of incisions made around the areola. If you plan to have children, and wish to breastfeed, it’s recommended that your breast implant surgery does not consist of areolar incisions. These incisions could reduce your milk let-down response, and could decrease the amount of milk you produce.

If you are a breastfeeding mom with implants, make sure your baby is getting enough milk to wet 6 to 8 diapers a day, and have 3 to 4 bowel movements a day.

Will breastfeeding damage my breast implants?

Many women worry that breastfeeding will damage their existing breast implants. Fortunately, a preliminary study reported in WebMD News from HealthDay found that breast feeding did not significantly increase the risk of breast implant sagging.

Study author Dr. Norma Cruz, who followed 120 breastfeeding moms with breast implants, found that, “Women are free to breast-feed without the concern of affecting the appearance of their breast augmentation.”

The most common cause for breasts which sag after pregnancy are the normal hormonal changes due to pregnancy. Breast tissue is engorged and expanded during pregnancy, as the breasts are prepared to create milk. After childbirth, hormone levels decrease and breasts deflate, or sag. These normal changes can be corrected with breast lift or breast augmentation surgeries.

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