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Would I be able to breast feed if I get breast implants?
Breast feeding after breast implant augmentation is almost always possible. Some woman are unable to breast feed but that should not be increased with the placement of breast implants. Hundreds of my breast implant patients have successfully breast feed. Enjoy your breast implants and enjoy breast feeding your children.
Since there is usually no disconnect between the nipple and the glandular tissue of the breast, most people are able to breast feed after a breast augmentation. The only risk of this is what the breast feeding will do to the breasts. If you wait until after you have had children and completed breast feeding and you have breast changes develop, then you can correct any droop that develops and enlarge the breasts at one time. If you have the breast enlargement first, you may need some revision after completing breast feeding.
Breast Implants & Breastfeeding – One can breastfeed after having a breast augmentation with either saline or silicone. Long term studies have shown that it is safe with both breast implant types.
Breast implants should not interfere with breast feeding. I prefer to use the incision under the breast (infra mammary crease incision) and not the incision through the areola. Be aware however that not all women are able to breast feed even without implants.
Some women, who never had breast surgery, are naturally unable to breastfeed, and some variations of breast augmentation may make it more likely that you are unable to breastfeed, but most women with breast augmentations are able to successfully breastfeed. Breast implants pose no medical risk to your baby.
Robert Singer, MD FACS
La Jolla, California
Breast Implants and Breast Feeding - You will certainly be able to breast feed. Many women have breast implants and are able to breast feed normally. Studies support this and this is true for both silicone and saline breast implants, whether it is placed on top or underneath the muscle. Good Luck