Will Breast Implants Interfere with Breastfeeding?

There are tons of information online promoting the benefits of breastfeeding and how it’s far more superior than formula feeding. By and large, it doesn’t only benefit the newborn but the new mother as well. Here at our practice, it’s not uncommon for women to ask about the role of breast implants in breastfeeding. What if they would get pregnant following surgery? What factors should be considered while making the breast augmentation decision when you have future plans of breastfeeding? We answer these questions and more below!

Breastfeeding After Breast Augmentation is Possible

Although many women who consider breast enhancement procedures may have decided not to give birth anymore, there are some who later change their mind while others find themselves with a surprise pregnancy. In both circumstances, breastfeeding is actually possible following breast implants. However, it should be noted that a significant reduction in milk supply may result when ducts or nerves are severed during surgery. Thus, the type, location, and extent of incision plays a significant role in determining whether or not milk production will be affected after having breast implants.

The Incision Decision

Generally, there are four incision types that are currently used in breast augmentation surgery: the inframammary incision (in the fold underneath the breast), periareolar (just around the areola), transaxillary (around the armpit), and TUBA (trans-umbilical breast augmentation).

The inframammary incision is the most commonly used amongst the four types. It also offers the least possibility of severing the milk ducts which may hinder future plans of breastfeeding. On the other hand, the periareolar incision (particularly in the lower outer quadrant around the perimeter of the areola) offers the greatest risk of reduced nerve response to the areola and nipple which in turn may result to reduced milk ejection.

Talking To Your Breast Augmentation Surgeon

If you live in San Francisco and neighboring areas and would like to learn more about your breast augmentation options if you’d like to breastfeed in the future,call us at 415.398.7778 or fill out this contact form today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to your visit!

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