One of the most common questions women ask when seeking breast augmentation is “Is breastfeeding safe to do after the procedure?” The answer, while it varies from patient to patient, is nearly always “yes.”
Whether or not you’ll be breastfeeding after your augmentation depends on several factors, some related to the surgery and some not. Most women’s breasts, post-surgery, will function in the same way as they would have without the surgery.
If you opted for surgery to correct underdeveloped breasts, it’s possible that you lack the glandular tissue necessary to produce enough milk. Breastfeeding may still be possible, but supplementation may be necessary. Your surgeon may be able to give you some insight on the structure of your breasts, and a lactation consultant can help you achieve your best chance at successful breastfeeding.
There are several approaches to insertion of implants. The incision may have been made under your breast, under your armpit, or more rarely, below the areola. With the first two, there should be no problem with breastfeeding. If the incision was made below the areola, sometimes referred to as a “smiling” incision, it’s possible that there was nerve damage to the area that will interfere with nursing. If you’ve retained feeling in the nipples, the chances are good that your nerves are intact. If your surgery was in the past year or two and feeling hasn’t returned yet, don’t worry. Your chances of successful nursing are still good.
Implants that are placed behind the chest muscles provide the least interference with nursing. Be sure to talk to your surgeon about your future plans when scheduling your surgery, and with your obstetrician when planning your post-birth experience. Your medical support team is there to help you successfully feed your baby, whether or not you’ve opted for augmentation.
Breast Augmentation Appointments Available in Kansas City
Kansas City patients can call Dr. Rast today at (913) 451 – 3722 or schedule a free consultation online and our team will be happy to walk you through the procedure and answer all your questions about augmentation procedures today. If you’re not happy with your shape, call us now!