February 5, 2016
Can I Still Breastfeed After Breast Augmentation?
Many women considering breast augmentation wonder if the procedure could impact their ability to breastfeed. The good news is there is no scientific data that suggests breast implants negatively impact a woman’s ability to nurse. Having said that, however, it’s important to note that certain incisions could potentially affect nursing capability. Our board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Charles Perry, utilizes the most advanced breast surgery techniques available. Still, there are a few things you may want to know before making a final decision.
It’s natural to assume that all women have the ability to breastfeed. Unfortunately, this may not be the case for everyone. Some patients may have difficulty nursing whether they have breast augmentation or not. Incision placement is another factor. A periareolar incision (one that goes around the areola and nipple) could potentially disrupt the ducts involved in breastfeeding. You may wish to utilize another approach if you want to breastfeed in the future. Additionally, it may help to place the breast implants below the muscle as opposed to directly beneath the breast tissue.
You shouldn’t have to choose between achieving your cosmetic goals and feeding your child the way nature intended. Dr. Perry can help you find the right technique that gives you the best possible opportunity to do both.