Breastfeeding and Breast Augmentation

Is breastfeeding possible after a breast augmentation surgery?

It is the most commonly asked question and the biggest concern for clients who are interested in breast augmentation. So we bring only good news this National Breastfeeding Week for all mothers and mothers-to-be. YES, breastfeeding is absolutely possible. Even though it does depend on the kind of surgery you have, but rest assured that most breast augmentation surgeries are compatible with breastfeeding. But as they say some things are too good to be true. Unfortunately, there are some women who are not able to breastfeed after their surgery. It could be because the implants were inserted through the nipple area that are most likely to cause problems with breastfeeding or your breast tissues and nerves may have gotten hurt during the process. Therefore, it is extremely important to choose a certified specialist to perform your breast augmentation surgery.

Is it safe for your baby?

Absolutely! Mothers need not worry about harming their babies after a breast augmentation surgery. If you get a breast implant, the implant will be placed behind the breast and is not in connection with your milk glands. A study found that there is no difference between a natural breast milk and breast milk silicone content. In fact, a cow’s milk contains more silicone in it.

Breast implants and Breastfeeding

If you want to be able to breastfeed after your breast implants, it is highly recommended that you tell your surgeon about it during your consultation. The surgeon will be able to place the implants under your chest muscles or through your armpits to reduce the risk of hurting your breast nerves and tissues.

Breast reduction and Breastfeeding

Almost all women who have a breast reduction surgery are able to breastfeed with a 50% chance of lactation. But some women who have had surgery done on their areola and nipples may find that they are not producing enough milk because milk is triggered by nipple and areola stimulation.

Breast lift and Breastfeeding

The underlying breast tissue is usually not altered during a breast lift avoiding any complications after the surgery. The only risk of not being able to breastfeed is if the nipples have been completely removed.

How do you know if you can lactate before your pregnancy?

It is possible to find out if you can breastfeed by noticing whether your nipples and areola are sensitive to touch. Hot and cold stimulation is also a good way to find out. The more sensitive the better chances of lactation as it is a sign that your nerves have repaired themselves after the surgery. In most cases, there will be a better chance of successful breastfeeding after at least 5 years of your breast augmentation surgery. So plan away a surgery and a baby if you like. Happy National Breastfeeding Week! 

Find out more

For more information on Breast Augmentation, or to book a free cosmetic surgery consultation, please call us on 01923 801601 or email – Alternatively, fill out our contact form and a member of the team will be in touch.