For women considering breast augmentation, an important consideration may be the ability to breastfeed with breast implants. Women who are planning their families and hope to nurse their babies may be concerned in particular about the location of incisions and about the use of silicone implants. While you should discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon, rest assured that the vast majority of women are able to breastfeed successfully after breast augmentation.
During your breast augmentation consultation
During your breast augmentation consultation, be sure to discuss your plans for breastfeeding or future surgeries with your plastic surgeon. While these won’t disqualify you from surgery, your surgeon may have specific recommendations about the type of implant, placement, and incision locations for your breast augmentation. If you plan to have more than one pregnancy in the future, you might want to wait until you are done with childbirth before undergoing breast surgery. Some women may find it beneficial to have a mommy makeover after their last pregnancy, combining breast augmentation or a breast lift with a tummy tuck or liposuction to regain their pre-pregnancy bodies.
Breastfeeding after breast augmentation is perfectly safe
For most women, breastfeeding after augmentation occurs without difficulty. Several studies have demonstrated that although many women are concerned about the impact of implants, incisions, and placement, none of these factors has any significant impact on breastfeeding. However, women who remain concerned may find comfort in having incisions in the crease below the breast or in the armpit, and to avoid periareolar incisions. Such incisions will reduce risk of changes in sensation or numbness in the nipples and may make breastfeeding more comfortable.
Silicone implants are safe for breastfeeding
Silicone implants have fast become the more popular type of implant over saline due to their natural feel and look. However, some women worry that silicon, a component of the silicone in breast implants, may be transferred to breast milk. It turns out that silicon is not soluble in human bodily fluids, including breast milk, and is unlikely to cross over into the milk. Even so, silicon is a naturally occurring, non-toxic substance considered safe by the FDA for use in breast implants, even for breastfeeding mothers. In fact, studies have proven that there is no increased risk of birth defects in children due to breast implants.
Dealing with breastfeeding difficulties
Women who have difficulty breastfeeding after breast augmentation may be tempted to blame their implants or their breast surgery. However, women who have difficulty breastfeeding after augmentation likely would have had the same difficulties even without implants. The best way to manage breastfeeding difficulties after breast augmentation is to consult a lactation professional.To learn more about your breast augmentation options and how they may fit in with growing your family, call Monarch Plastic Surgery today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices or (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City office.