While any breast surgery can affect breastfeeding potential, there are ways to minimize side effects and help you maintain the opportunity to bond with and feed your child. Dr. David Passaretti in Darien, CT, understands complications and concerns about breastfeeding with implants and can provide the information you need to make an educated decision about your augmentation procedure. If you are considering surgery, it is important to take into account the location of your incisions and the placement of your implants when planning treatment. For patients who are currently breastfeeding, we recommend scheduling your surgery after your child has fully transitioned to solid food.
It is possible for most women to breastfeed with implants. However, when you are designing your custom treatment plan, you must take into consideration several factors that can affect the supply of milk.
The placement and size of your implant can affect the pressure within your breast, interfering with milk flow and reducing milk production. Implants that are smaller and located under the chest muscle are better for breastfeeding. Those placed between the glands and muscles of your breast are more likely to affect flow. If you know you plan to have children before you receive breast augmentation, opting for a submuscular implant can improve your chances of normal milk production. *
The location of the incision may also interfere with breastfeeding. Incisions made under the breast or near the armpits rarely affect milk supply. If incisions are made across the areola or nipples, there is a higher chance that milk ducts and nerves may be affected, especially if the nipple was moved during the procedure. While having the incision near your areola or nipples does not mean you are unable to produce milk, it can cause significant issues when attempting to breastfeed.*
Scarring may form around your implants after surgery. This scar tissue may cause your breast to become firm or distorted, which can restrict milk ducts and affect milk supply. Some women who undergo breast augmentation require revision surgery to address excessive scar tissue.
If you have any concerns about breastfeeding with implants, Dr. Passaretti would be happy to address questions and discuss your best options. It is our goal to make sure you feel as comfortable and confident as possible.
If you have difficulty producing milk with implants, there are several methods that can help increase your milk flow. Keep in mind that your milk production is dependent on how much milk is demanded. Nursing frequently and pumping can stimulate milk production and increase milk flow. In some cases, an herbal or prescription galactagogue can increase milk production. If you are concerned your baby is not receiving the nutrition they need, speak to a lactation expert. Remember, women without implants can experience difficulty breastfeeding as well, so low milk production may not be connected to your implant. *
If you have any concerns about breastfeeding with implants, Dr. Passaretti would be happy to address questions and discuss your best options. It is our goal to make sure you feel as comfortable and confident as possible. You may contact our office online or call (203) 656-9999 to schedule an appointment at our office.