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Can You Breastfeed with Implants?

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Can You Breastfeed with Implants?

If you are thinking about getting breast implants, you may be thinking, “Can I breastfeed with implants?” Many women have questions about how Augmentation Mammoplasty (breast augmentation) might impact their ability to nurse their babies.

In this blog, we’ll break down the facts, dispel common myths and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision. Whether you’re considering implants, already have them, or are simply curious, we’ll cover everything you need to know about breastfeeding with implants.

How Breast Implants Work

Before we dive into how breast implants may affect breastfeeding, let’s understand the basics for Augmentation Mammoplasty (breast augmentation).

Types of Implants:

  • Silicone Implants: Filled with silicone gel, these implants tend to feel more natural than saline implants. This type of implant is typically preferred if you have minimal breast tissue.
  • Saline Implants: Filled with sterile salt water (saline), these implants are firmer to touch.

Placement Options:

  • Behind the Muscle (Sub-muscular): The implant is placed beneath your pectoral muscle. This is often recommended for women with less breast tissue, as it provides more coverage and can result in a more natural look.
  • Under the Muscle (Sub-glandular): This implant is placed above your pectoral muscle, directly behind the breast tissue. This placement is often preferred for women who already have some breast tissue, as it can provide a slightly fuller appearance.

The Surgical Procedure

Augmentation Mammoplasty (breast augmentation) is a surgical procedure performed under general anaesthesia. Your surgeon will make an incision, either around or under your breast crease, or in your armpit. The implant is then inserted into a pocket created either above or below your pectoral muscle. The incision is then closed with sutures.

Understanding the types of implants and placement options is important, as both can play a role in how breastfeeding is affected.

The Impact of Breast Implants on Milk Production

So, can implants affect milk supply? The short answer is yes, it’s possible, but not inevitable. Many women with breast implants successfully breastfeed their babies with no issues. However, there’s a slightly increased risk of having a lower milk supply compared to women without implants.

It’s important to note that having breast implants doesn’t automatically mean you won’t be able to breastfeed. Open communication with your plastic surgeon and lactation consultation is key. Also, discussing breastfeeding goals beforehand can help your surgeon choose the surgical approach that minimises the risk of complications.

Tips for Successful Breastfeeding with Implants

Breastfeeding is achievable for many women, but it may require a bit more planning and support. Here are some tips to increase your chances of a successful breastfeeding journey:

Choose The Right Implant Placement & Incision

Discuss your breastfeeding desires with your plastic surgeon. They can work with you to choose the implant placement (submuscular or sub-glandular) and incision location that minimises the risk of nerve and milk duct damage.

Learn Different Breastfeeding Positions

Experiment with different breastfeeding positions to find ones that are comfortable for you and your baby. Positions like the football hold or the laid-back position can be particularly helpful for mums with implants, as they allow for greater control and positioning of the baby.

Hand Express or Pump Early & Often

If you’re concerned about your milk supply, start hand expressing or pumping in the early days after birth. This can help stimulate milk production and ensure your baby is getting enough to eat.

Communicate with Your Healthcare Providers

Don’t hesitate to talk to your plastic surgeon, lactation consultant, and obstetrician about any breastfeeding challenges you encounter. They can offer support, advice and solutions to help you overcome any obstacles.

Stay Hydrated & Nourished

Eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of fluids is crucial for milk production. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself so you can provide the best nourishment for your baby.

The Importance of Seeking Professional Guidance

When considering Augmentation mammoplasty (breast augmentation) and breastfeeding, seeking professional guidance is paramount. Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon experienced in Augmentation mammoplasty (breast augmentation) can make all the difference in your journey.

Why Consult a Plastic Surgeon?

Dr Terrence Scamp, a specialist plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience has the expertise to guide you through the Augmentation mammoplasty (breast augmentation) process.

  • Assess your individual needs and goals: Dr Scamp will consider your body type, breast issue, desired size and shape, and breastfeeding aspirations to recommend the most suitable type and placement for you.
  • Discuss potential risks and complications: Will openly discuss the potential risks associated with Augmentation mammoplasty (breast augmentation), including those that may affect breastfeeding. This empowers you to make informed decisions.
  • Choose the optimal surgical approach: Will tailor the surgical technique to minimise the risk of nerve and milk duct damage, increasing your chances of successful breastfeeding.
  • Address any concerns: Will be available to address any questions or concerns you may have before, during and after surgery.

Conclusion

Breastfeeding with implants is entirely possible for many women. While it may require some extra planning and support. Understanding the potential impacts on milk production and taking proactive steps to minimise risks can significantly increase your chances of a successful breastfeeding experience.

Remember, your journey is unique and the best way to make informed decisions is to seek personalised guidance. If you’re considering Augmentation mammoplasty (breast augmentation) and looking for additional information on breastfeeding, Dr Scamp can answer any questions you have and help you tailor a plan that suits your individual needs.