Is Breast Feeding Still Possible After Breast Augmentation?

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A question that many prospective breast augmentation patients have is whether or not breast implants will affect their ability to breast feed if they decide to have children in the future. The simple truth is this: if your body is capable of producing breast milk prior to the placement of your implants, you should still be able to breast feed after your augmentation procedure, particularly if the periareolar incision technique is not utilized.

That said, it is important to understand that roughly 25% of the female population is not capable of producing a sufficient amount of milk for breast feeding regardless of whether or not they have breast implants. Therefore, if a patient has never tried to breast feed prior to breast augmentation, her ability to do so after receiving breast implants may be uncertain. This lesser-known fact greatly contributes to the misconception that breast implants impact one’s ability to breast feed.

Another common misbelief regarding breast feeding after augmentation is that material from the implants will contaminate the breast milk. In actuality, the cohesive silicone gel or saline solution inside implants should not get into the breast milk or harm milk production glands and/or breast tissues. However, the periareolar approach for implant insertion can lead to some risk of disrupting milk glands. This is another reason why I recommend inserting breast implants through an inframammary incision for virtually all of my breast augmentation patients.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

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