It is well-known that breastfeeding provides many benefits for babies and their mothers. However, if you have had a breast augmentation, you may be wondering if you can breastfeed your baby.
While breast augmentation can affect the structure of your breasts, the mammary glands–which produce milk–are avoided. Therefore, in most cases, women can still breastfeed following their procedure. Although, some factors should be considered if you have had a breast augmentation and would like to breastfeed.
Learn more about how breast augmentation may affect breastfeeding.
Can Breast Augmentation Affect Breastfeeding?
As mentioned, most patients who have undergone breast augmentation can breastfeed. In many cases, implants are placed behind the milk glands and, in many procedures, behind the muscles as well (submuscular).
But the greater issue comes from where the incision is made. If the incision is made under the armpit or below the fold of the breast, then there is less risk of breastfeeding concerns. However, if an incision is made around the areola, then this can result in issues with the nerves around the areola. The nerves are vital for signaling the release of prolactin and oxytocin, which are important for milk production. You may only discover the extent of the effects once you attempt to breastfeed.
According to a survey from 2016, only about 12.6 percent of breast implants are placed through a periareolar incision (incision around the areola). Therefore, most women should be able to breastfeed after their procedure.
Can Breast Augmentation Affect the Amount of Breast Milk Available?
Most mothers can produce milk after breast augmentation, but the amount of milk could be affected. Some may be unable to produce an adequate milk supply to feed their baby and may have to supplement with formula. It’s difficult to know what exactly causes this to happen. Working with a lactation consultant can work with you to develop a feeding plan for you and your baby.
Schedule a Consultation
If you want a breast augmentation and are considering breastfeeding in the future, it’s important to speak with a certified, experienced plastic surgeon. Dr. Alfonso Barrera is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Houston, TX, who has been practicing since 1985. With an initial consultation, Dr. Barrera can address your questions and concerns.
Schedule a consultation today at (713) 468-5200 to get started.