If you’re a mum-to-be with breast implants or are just considering the surgery and plan to breastfeed in the future, you might be thinking about the possible issues of breastfeeding with implants. Lots of women have concerns about breastfeeding after a boob job and want to know if it’s still possible.
We’ve created this article to help put your mind to rest and answer your questions surrounding breastfeeding and implants.
The first question many women thinking about a breast augmentation want to know is: will it affect milk production? Well, this depends on a couple of factors including the type of implant you choose, the placement and where the incisions are made. According to experts, many women with implants manage to breastfeed without any problems, providing the incisions are made underneath the breast or in the armpits.
The most common incision for a breast enlargement is the fold underneath the breast. If you opt for ‘under’ implants then the implant is placed behind the pectoral muscle, below the breast tissue. In this case, the implant is inserted away from any milk ducts, so they usually stay intact and connected to the nipple. If the implant is placed between the tissue and the muscle layer (an ‘over’ implant) then there’s the possibility that it might put pressure on the ducts and glands, which could prevent milk flow and production.
While under the breast is the most common place to make the incision, many women choose to have their incisions under the nipple for cosmetic reasons, as the scar is generally less noticeable. Sometimes when the incision is made in this location, the milk ducts can get damaged during the surgery. In some cases, this could even result in damaged milk ducts and decreasing the nipple’s sensitivity, which could impact the let-down response of milk.
If you’re unsure about the location of your boob job incision, our staff at Transform are highly qualified and are always on hand to answer any questions you may have.
While a boob job doesn’t usually result in damaged milk ducts, it is more likely if you opt for an areola incision. Generally, women who still have feeling in their nipples after this type of surgery are more likely to be able to breastfeed.
But how will you know? The only way to tell for definite is simply by attempting breastfeeding with implants and seeing whether or not it’s successful. If the milk ducts are unable to produce enough milk then mums-to-bed can consider using formula milk to keep their baby healthy and happy.
In some cases, the reason why you chose to get a boob job in the first place can have an impact on your likeliness of being able to breastfeed after implants. If you had surgery for a lift and enlargement then it’s likely that you’ll be able to breastfeed problem-free, but if you got one for corrective reasons then it can be more complicated. If you got breast implants because of underdeveloped or asymmetrical breasts then it could be that you wouldn’t have enough glandular tissue to make milk even without implants.
It’s important to remember that many women without breast implants also struggle to breastfeed, while others simply prefer the idea of formula milk. Breastfeeding is a personal choice and something that you can discuss with your healthcare professional when you’re pregnant. Because of the risk of being unable to breastfeed, we recommend you consider your family plans and whether you’d like to breastfeed before having surgery.
If you have any concerns about breastfeeding after a boob job or about the general procedure then don’t hesitate to get in touch!