Does Breast Augmentation Affect Breastfeeding?

June 15, 2016

One of the most common questions when it comes to breast augmentation is if it affects breastfeeding. The answer isn’t a simple yes or no, but evidence has shown that it could potentially harm milk ducts or create harmful pressure on breast tissue. The following are factors that could determine if a breast augmentation will affect future breastfeeding.

1. What surgical approach was used during the operation.
Most surgical approaches are actually compatible with breastfeeding, such as if the incision was made under the fold of the breast or through the armpit. However a “smile” incision around the areola can increase potential issues.

2. If you still have feeling in the nipple.
Having feeling in the nipple increases your chances of having a full milk supply. If you don’t have a full milk supply you will need to supplement breast milk with other feeding methods.

3. The shape of your original breasts.
The original shape of your breasts determines how much milk they are able to actually produce and may cause insufficient glandular tissue, therefore not producing a full milk supply. For example, underdeveloped and asymmetrical breasts are more likely to have insufficient tissue.

While these aren’t the only factors that affect breastfeeding, you should consult your doctor before your operation about the different options you have. It is also important to note that a breast augmentation operation can cause engorgement and mastitis, both having a side effect of a low milk supply. The kind of implants you get (silicone or saline) has been shown to have no effect on your chances of success with breastfeeding. For further questions you may have about breast augmentation feel free to contact us at (631)494-2214.


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