Many women considering breast augmentation surgery who are planning to start or add to their families worry that getting breast implants will adversely impact their ability to breastfeed. Let’s take a closer look at this potential issue and the connection between breast implants and lactation.
Most mothers with implants can breastfeed. However, there are exceptions to the rule. In most cases, preserving the amount of breast milk your body can produce and your ability to nurse your baby depends on the pre-surgical state of your breasts and the incision type used during the procedure.
For answers to your questions, read on to learn how breast implants may affect your ability to breastfeed.
Effect of Breast Implants on Breastfeeding
Dr. Cooper typically positions breast implants behind the milk glands or beneath the chest muscles. Neither position will affect your milk supply. But the incision depth and location your surgeon uses can affect your ability to breastfeed.
Since the nerves around your nipples play a crucial role in nursing a baby, surgical techniques that keep the nipple-areola complex intact are vital for women who hope to breastfeed. The sensation of a baby suckling on your nipples will increase the levels of prolactin and oxytocin in your body. Prolactin is the hormone that triggers breast milk production, while oxytocin activates the letdown. Any nerve damage caused by a periareolar incision can reduce nipple sensation, making nursing more challenging. Incisions made at the breast creases or in your armpits are less likely to impact breastfeeding.
Is Breastfeeding With Implants Safe?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have conducted several clinical trials on the safety of babies nursing from breasts with silicone implants. Their testing did not uncover any issues with the amount of silicone found in breast milk.
To decrease the risk of breast augmentation complications, find a board-certified plastic surgeon to help you achieve outstanding results.
Breast Augmentation by Harvard-Trained Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jason Cooper
After reviewing this information, you should understand that the risk of implants affecting your ability to breastfeed is minimal if you choose a skilled, highly trained plastic surgeon.
Harvard-trained surgeon Dr. Jason Cooper performs breast augmentation surgery for patients in South Florida. He has locations in Jupiter and Palm Springs.