One of the biggest questions about breast implants is, “Will I be able to breastfeed my baby?” When you begin to think about, it can be a puzzling question.
As a team of New York breast enhancement surgeons, we understand wanting to enhance your bust size while also being able to have the option to naturally feed your child. Will the implants really get in the way of that?
The answer is that most of the time, depending on the type of implant surgery received, a woman should be able to naturally feed her newborn baby. But first, there are a few things to know when heading into the arena of babies and breast implants.
Breastfeeding with Implants: Location, Location, Location!
Through the armpit or underside of the breast incisions are the best bet for being able to breastfeed after augmentation.
Implants inserted through the nipples have the possibility of being troublesome, therefore, we do not recommend this type of incision for would-be moms.
When an incision is made around the nipple, the possibility of damaging the milk ducts is very high. The best bet to accommodate both implant and baby is to receive an implant that puts the least amount of pressure and trauma to the mammary glands and ducts as possible. This greatly lowers the risk of malfunction in these structures.
If natural breastfeeding is important to you, your plastic surgeon needs to know! Please be sure to discuss this option during your consultation, whether you come in to see our team or another plastic surgeon in your area.
What Does Your Doctor Have To Say?
Whether already pregnant or planning to become pregnant, you should talk to your OB/GYN who will be with you along your pregnancy and breastfeeding journey. The fact is, he or she has probably dealt with women with this same worry in the past and will be able to answer your questions.
Once the baby is born and, chances are, you find lactation is possible, you and your doctor will need to monitor how much you are producing and if the baby is receiving enough to satisfy their growing needs.
If you find you are not producing enough milk, a formula supplement will need to be used. In some cases, a breast pump will be needed after each feeding to ensure you can pump out the maximum amount of milk needed to feed your baby. Please note, however, that often times breast implants have nothing to do with milk production issues unless implants are extremely large.
Hollywood Celebs Who Breastfed After Implants
Reality stars Kourtney Kardashian and Kendra Baskett were worried about their implants as well. They wanted to do the mommy thing and be able to naturally feed, but had the same distress regarding inability to feed their baby. These two Hollywood stars were thrilled when they learned they could still breastfeed.
You Only Want The Best For Your Child
Every woman is different and there is no real indication of proper lactation until you try it. If you have not yet received your breast implant surgery and breastfeeding is an important thing to you, the best solution is to hold off until after you’ve weaned the new little one off of breast milk.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please get in touch today to reach our breast augmentation NYC or Long Island surgeons. We look forward to hearing from you!
To a Beautiful Bust and a Healthy Baby,
The Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team
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