Just because you want to be a mother one day does not mean you can’t get the breasts of your dreams today! Though some women who want to be moms are concerned about breastfeeding after they receive breast implants, most can feed just fine after breast augmentation. Still, it is important to understand how breast implants can affect breastfeeding.
Understanding How Breast Implants Affect Breastfeeding
Like we stated above, you can definitely breastfeed with breast implants. However, your feeding success depends on the size and placement of the breast implant and the type of incision made. That being said, most approaches to breast augmentation allow patients to breastfeed.
Incisions on or around the dark part of your nipple, called the areola, can lead to a loss of feeling in your nipple, reducing milk production. If incisions are made under the fold of your breast or in the armpit, you should have no trouble breastfeeding. As long as your surgeon is highly experienced, skilled and knows that you plan to breastfeed in the future, your milk ducts and glands should remain undamaged after surgery.
Along with incisions, the placement of your breast implants affects your ability to breastfeed as well. It is much more likely that your ducts and glands will remain undamaged if the breast implant is placed under the muscles rather than in between the muscles and breast tissue.
It is always best to speak with your surgeon and health provider about the safety of breast implants and your interest in breastfeeding, as everyone’s individual breasts and surgeries are different.
How Your Natural Breasts Affect Breastfeeding
Not many people think about how their natural breasts affect baby feeding, especially after they undergo breast augmentation. Your natural breasts play a big role, with our without breast implants.
Women who have insufficient glandular tissue in their natural breasts will have trouble breastfeeding, according to a study published in Pediatrics. In a study conducted by Huggins, Petok and Mireles, four types of breasts appeared to be associated with lower breast milk production. These include breasts that are spaced 1.5 inches apart or greater, asymmetrical breasts, stretch marks on the breasts, and tubular breasts (breasts that have a lack of fullness). If you have trouble breastfeeding, it may not be because of your breast implants. It might just be a result of your natural, pre-surgery breasts.
How to Prepare for Breast Augmentation and Breastfeeding
If you are planning to get a breast augmentation and want to breastfeed in the future, it is important to talk to your health provider. When you have your consultation at the plastic surgery clinic, discuss your interest in breastfeeding with your surgeon. He or she will need to examine your breasts to see how to best insert implants in them.
You should speak with your surgeon about how he or she can preserve as much of your breast tissue and milk ducts as possible so that you can successfully breastfeed. Again, most women who receive breast augmentation typically can successfully breastfeed, but it is still important to speak to your surgeon and prepare.