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Can You Still Breastfeed When You Have Breast Implants?

August 04, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 157

What Are Breast Implants?

Breast implants are a type of prosthetic device that is used to alter a woman's breast size or shape. These devices have been used to correct deformities, aid in gender transition, utilized in post mastectomy reconstruction, and to help women with their personal complaints.

Breast augmentation is completed with saline, silicone, or alternate composition implants and come in several different sizes to suit the desires of the individual having them placed. The alternate forms are no longer manufactured due to complications associated with their use.

These implants are then placed in two different ways. They are strategically slipped under the musculature of the chest holding them in place. They may also be placed above the muscles which is the less desirable form of surgery.

It is physically possible for women to breastfeed with implants?

This ability can be altered by any nerve damage or lack of the necessary tissue to efficiently produce milk. Depending upon the surgery and the implant, there may be no complications, a diminished production, or an inability to lactate. These risks are not any different for women who have not undergone breast augmentation since the ability to lactate is strongly dependent upon the mammary glands not the size of the breasts.

If considering a surgical alteration, it is highly recommended that the procedure be postponed until after the final child is born.

Are There Instances Where Implants Inhibit the Ability to Breastfeed?

The ability to breast feed is dependent upon the mammary gland and associated tissue and nerves. If you had breast implants placed as a result of a deformity or mastectomy this will affect the possibility of breastfeeding, you may naturally not have the needed physical attributes to be capable of lactation. If you had breast augmentation to enlarge your breasts for personal reasons, you may have had very little mammary tissue to start with, which will also limit your production. Occasionally, the surgery can result in nerves being disrupted. This situation prevents the necessary signals from reaching the mammary glands to trigger the production of milk.

Is it Recommended that Women with Implants Breastfeed?

As a general rule, women are discouraged from getting breast augmentation done until after having children. In the event this is not possible, they are encouraged to follow closely with a physician to monitor milk production and a healthy weight gain for the infant. It may be necessary to supplement breastfeeding with the use of formula in the event there is a low milk production.

All issues and concerns should be discussed with your physician prior to surgery or pregnancy to avoid complications. It is important to remember that "breast implants are FDA approved and extremely safe," ( but by all means make sure to exhaust all measures and ask as many questions as possible to make sure you are confident with your decision on breast implant surgery.

Written by Brittany Randolph

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