A lot of women who are interested in breast implants are also eager to have children and breastfeed them someday. Naturally, they wonder if breast feeding after implants will be possible. Stories have been spread about women’s inability to breastfeed after getting implants. These stories are false. The truth is that it depends on the patient, on the type of incisions used during implantation, and on the patient’s condition prior to surgery.

Incisions Generally Free of Complications

If your surgeon performs an implantation procedure using axillary (under-the-armpit) incisions or incisions under the fold of the breast, then you will not likely have problems breastfeeding. Even so, breastfeeding can be complicated and awkward for new mothers under any conditions. If you experience some discomfort initially, you may want to get some guidance from a lactation counselor before giving up.

Possibly Troublesome Situations

Incisions made around the areola of the breasts are more likely to cause trouble during breastfeeding. When problems occur, they are typically noted by the engorgement of the breast as milk comes in to the breast but cannot find a way out. This condition, known as mastitis, can bring on alternating fever and chills.

When patients get breast implants due to severe underdevelopment, there is greater distortion involved. These women will also experience higher likelihood of complications, even if the incisions were made away from the areola. They may attempt to nurse their babies, but they should know that the chances of success are lower.

In the end, implant patients should not assume one way or the other how their breastfeeding may go. Each mother that is interested in nursing should make attempts at breast feeding after implants. If milk production is feasible but reduced much by the implants, the infant will probably need supplementation with formula. If you decide that you cannot nurse your child, medical professionals will guide you through the process of bottle feeding and helping your body shut down milk production.

Dr. Elizabeth Harris is retiring, she will no longer be doing surgeries, but she will be available for existing patients until January 31st, 2023.DIRECTIONS