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clock-icon   January 28, 2015

Breast Augmentation and Breastfeeding: What You Need to Know

By Sacha Obaid

Breastfeeding is a very healthy feeding option for newborn babies, boosting their immune systems and offering nutrition unavailable through formulas. One of the many concerns that women have when deciding whether to undergo a breast augmentation is if they will still be able to breastfeed. Fortunately, most women who undergo breast augmentations are able to breastfeed. Find out more about a breast augmentation and breastfeeding.

What is a breast augmentation, and why should I consider one?

A breast augmentation is a surgical procedure in which a board-certified plastic surgeon inserts breast implants into your chest. Many women undergo the procedure because they are unhappy with the shapes, sizes, or general appearance of their breasts. The procedure is very common; even mothers with newborn babies undergo breast augmentations.

Could my breast augmentation affect my ability to breastfeed?

There is a very small risk that your breast augmentation could affect your ability to breastfeed, particularly your ability to produce enough milk. It’s possible that this risk can be predicted before you undergo surgery. By examining the original shapes of your breasts, your doctor may be able to predict whether or not you will be able to breastfeed after a breast augmentation. Certain shapes and spacing sometimes cause issues with breastfeeding because the breasts have small amounts of glandular tissue. If your doctor sees that you lack glandular tissue, he or she should make you aware of possible issues during future breastfeeding.

Women who wish to breastfeed may also opt to have their surgeries completed using certain types of incisions. Incisions made under the armpits or in the fold of the breasts may increase your likelihood of being able to breastfeed in the future. Still, today’s advanced surgical techniques allow the majority of women to breastfeed after a breast augmentation, regardless of the type of incisions made.

What questions should I ask my doctor?

Before undergoing any surgery, you should be sure to ask your doctor any questions you have. Here are some questions you might want to ask before a breast augmentation:

1. Do I have enough glandular tissue to make it possible to breastfeed in the future?

2. Where do you plan to make the incisions?

3. Are there any risks to breastfeeding a baby if I have breast implants?

Breastfeeding is a wonderful experience that every mother should have if she chooses. Not only is it beneficial to a baby’s health, but it allows a mother and child to bond. Breast augmentations are extremely popular, and many new mothers opt to undergo the procedure to enhance their appearance and their self-esteem. While every woman is unique, the majority of women who undergo breast augmentation surgery are able to breastfeed successfully.

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