How Breast Implants Can Affect Breastfeeding

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The good news is, breastfeeding after a breast augmentation is totally possible!

The bad news is, until you actually try you won't know for sure.

Surgery

Nerves, milk ducts, and milk glands can be damaged during breast surgery.

Injured nerves in the nipple area mean decreased sensation, and this can affect how well your glands release milk to the ducts in your breast (through something called the 'let down' reflex).

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Injured milk ducts or glands can decrease the amount of milk made by your breasts, block milk flow, and cause engorgement (when your breasts are painfully swollen with milk!).

The implant itself, especially if placed over the muscle, can put pressure on the glandular tissue of the breast, which will lower milk production.

Maximize Your Chances

Milk production (even without breast implants) is down to the amount of glandular tissue in the breasts. But, there are a few choices you can make that will maximize your chances of breastfeeding after implants:

  • Breast Implants placed under the muscle can prevent damage to milk ducts and nerves and lessen any pressure on glandular breast tissue.
  • Avoid nipple incisions, as damage to nerves in this area can affect the flow of milk (and therefore the amount produced).

Whether you will be able to breastfeed with breast implants depends on the placement of the implants, the way the breast surgery was done, and your personal anatomy to start with.

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You won't know until you try if your breast surgery has affected your ability to breastfeed, but there are definitely some decisions you can make on your Boobie Journey that will increase your chances!