Can I Breast Feed with Breast Implants?
Breastfeeding after breast augmentation surgery is a very important and vital question to ask, particularly if you are a woman still considering wanting to have children. There is tremendous research on the benefits of breastfeeding for a child, in terms of nurture and forming vital maternal connections, as well as physiological benefits. There is also excellent research on the benefits of breast implants on a mother’s all-important sense of self-esteem.
The good news is that the two benefits can be reconciled if you choose to work with a skilled physician such as Dr. Kotis. During your consultation for breast augmentation, he will discuss your options with you so that together you can make a choice that is best for you and your family.
Breastfeeding after breast augmentation surgery is absolutely possible. Most women have some milk, but some may not have a full milk supply for at least the first baby. However, every drop of milk is tremendously beneficial for your baby, and there are many ways to increase milk production.
The original state of the breasts prior to augmentation is very important in predicting how much milk a mother can make after breast enhancement surgery. Although small breast size alone is not a risk factor for low milk production, certain breast types are known to be risk factors for insufficient glandular tissue. These types include tubular-shaped breasts, widely spaced breasts with greater than 1.5 inches of flat space between them, undeveloped breasts, or asymmetrical breasts. When very little glandular tissue exists, your milk production capability is significantly reduced even before the surgical procedure occurs.