Breast Feeding after Implants

Many doctors and advocates encourage breastfeeding. After all, breast feeding offers the best nutrition and immune boosting protection for almost any newborn baby. However, like many women with breast implants and new babies, you may be wondering if breast feeding after implants is safe and healthy for your brand new bouncing bundle of joy. There has been a lot of controversy over this issue in recent years. Many proponents say there is no cause for concern; a few staunch antagonists say otherwise. The antagonists, however, are mostly those who are opposed to breast implants in general.


Breast feeding after implants is fairly easy for most implant patients. In general, breast implants do not create any interference with the mother’s milk production. Potential minimal difficulties can be minimized with proper placement of the implant; ensuring breast feeding will be more than possible. While breast implants change the appearance of the breast and do not typically result in a change in breast function. Women who have or plan to undergo repeated breast augmentation surgeries should know that repeated surgeries increase the risk of functional damage and can result in difficulties in breast feeding after implants.


Most women with breast implants also want to know if breast feeding after implants poses any real risks to their babies. Whether your breast implants are made from silicon or saline, there is really no risk of harm to the child. Even on the rare occasion than an implant ruptures, your baby is not at risk. The milk comes from the glands within the breast itself. The implants have nothing to do with milk production or delivery. Mothers can safely breast feed their children without worry that their implants will have any negative effects.


Will breast feeding harm the implants? No. In most cases, your implants will remain intact and your breasts will remain in the same position they were before breast feeding after implants. Breast feeding will not cause them to move or burst, so new mothers can continue to breast feed with little worry.


The most important aspect of breast feeding after implants is the mother’s desire to breast feed her infant, as well as how the procedure is performed. Some mothers lose desire to breastfeed because of worries over their breast implants or because they simply do not want to go to the effort of breast feeding. Any woman can have trouble with breast feeding, and this is not typically related to the implants, so problems should be discussed with your OBGYN or pediatrician. If you have breast implants or are planning on getting implants, and you have the desire or intent to breast feed after implants, it is important to discuss this with your plastic surgeon. You will want to avoid excessive surgeries that could damage the milk ducts and other breast tissue, and will want to ensure that the implant will be correctly placed behind the muscle and that the incision will be placed appropriately in order to aid in future lactation.

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