Breastfeeding one’s child is an act of love and the ability to breastfeed
is regarded by many women to be sacrosanct. But many women have silicone
or saline breast implants, which raises the question: Is breastfeeding
breast augmentation? In some cases, the answer is complicated and may depend on the placement
of the implants and the surgical approach that the plastic surgeon used.
In general, however, the majority of women do go on to successfully breastfeed
their children despite the presence of breast implants.
Could breast implants affect breastfeeding?
Breast implants can indeed affect breastfeeding, but in most cases, women
can still successfully breastfeed. You won’t know for sure until
you try to breastfeed. However, if you have feeling in your nipples, you
can most likely breastfeed. You should be aware that after your milk has
come in, you might have exaggerated breast engorgement.
Does the surgical approach make a difference for breastfeeding?
If you wish to breastfeed the children you may have in the future, be sure
to advise your plastic surgeon of this before you have the breast augmentation
procedure. Your surgeon can make the incision in the underarm area or
under the breast, rather than around the nipple. This reduces the
risk of damage to the milk ducts, glands, and nerves. The placement of the implant is also important. When
implants are placed under the chest muscle, there is a reduced risk of
damage to the nerves and milk ducts. This placement also prevents silicone
from leaking into the breast milk, should a leak occur.
How can I increase my milk supply?
Women with breast implants can take extra steps to increase their milk
supplies. After each feeding, use a breast pump to completely empty each
breast. This will stimulate your body to make more milk. Breast massage
might also help.
Oasis Plastic Surgery, breast augmentation procedures can be carefully designed with the needs
of mothers in mind. Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Jennifer Geoghegan, is highly
attuned to the special needs and concerns of women. You can reach us at
(480) 264-6428 if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss
having breast augmentation in Phoenix.