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Breastfeeding and Augmentation

A Blog About Implants and Babies by Dr. Loftus

We specialize in procedures like breast augmentation, breast lifts, and breast reductions. As a result, we get a lot of questions about breastfeeding. Young women seeking breast augmentation and mothers-to-be with breast implants frequently question the effects of the procedure on their ability to breastfeed. In addition, many question the effect of breastfeeding on the appearance of their breasts, which may influence their decision in timing their surgery. This blog will address how breast augmentation affects ability to breastfeed, safety of breastfeeding after implants, and the cosmetic effects of breastfeeding.

Breast augmentation usually does not take away your ability to breastfeed. As long as the milk ducts are not disconnected from the nipples by an incision, breast feeding is not typically altered. Even an incision under the nipple (periareaolar) for insertion of the implants can be performed with minimal risk of affecting breastfeeding ability. The more extensive incisions used in breast lifts would increase the risk a bit. In general, the less your breast tissue is disturbed, the less you risk affecting breast feeding. If you consider placing breast implants through an incision in the breast crease and placing the implants under the muscle, chances are excellent that you will maintain your ability to breastfeed.

Safety is an important concern when you consider what nutrition you will give your new baby. Countless studies demonstrate the health benefits of breastfeeding form mothers and babies. It seems intuitive that placing implants in your body might increase silicone levels in your breast milk, making breastfeeding somehow less safe. This is not true. A study published in the journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery examined silicone levels in breast milk of women with or without breast implants. There was no statistical difference in the silicone levels of breast milk from women with or without breast implants. In fact, the same study looked at silicone levels in cow’s milk and infant formula. The levels of silicone in formula and cow’s milk were many times higher than breast milk. Does the level of silicone in milk matter? The honest answer is we do not know. Silicone is everywhere. It is an extremely common element, existing in nature. The bottom line is that breastfeeding with breast implants does not appear to increase silicone levels in breast milk.

Countless women come to our practice for consultations lamenting how pregnancy and breastfeeding led to the downfall of their former perkiness. It is definitely true that pregnancy affects breast shape. The breasts enlarge, stretching skin. When your size returns to "normal," you may find that you have less volume than before. You will almost certainly have less perkiness than before. There is some debate whether breastfeeding for any length of time results in any further deterioration of breast appearance than pregnancy alone. My feeling is that it probably does. However, if you want to get the benefits of breastfeeding and have great breasts, do not despair!

If you had breast implants in the past and have sagginess after kids, a breast lift or mastopexy will improve your shape. If you do not have implants and want to restore fullness, implants will do the trick. You may also need to consider a breast lift, in addition to breast augmentation, if your nipples are below your breast creases.

What about timing? If you are considering breast implants and want to have kids in the future, what do you do? If you want to have children in the next year or so, you may want to wait until after you are finished. There is no reason to delay augmentation if having babies is on your list years in the future.

We hope this information about breast augmentation was helpful and that you will contact us when you are ready to schedule your consultation.

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About Dr. Loftus

Dr. Loftus is a female plastic surgeon who is considered a national authority on plastic surgery, having appeared on numerous talk shows as an expert. Her book has become a best-selling book on plastic surgery and has earned her the reputation as a vocal advocate of patient safety, satisfaction, and education in plastic surgery. No wonder her patients have such great things to say about her…
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