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Breastfeeding and Breast Implants

Breastfeeding and Breast Implants

Can I Breastfeed With Breast Implants?

Studies show that there are many physical and emotional benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child. As an alternative, there has also been shown to be many advantages to bottle feeding as well. While this is a deeply personal decision that each woman must make, I often get asked the question if having breast implants affects a woman’s ability to breastfeed at all. This is a difficult question to answer definitively because breastfeeding itself can be difficult for women without implants. The general answer is with the vast majority of techniques used for breast augmentation leave the nipple and areola in tact, therefore, there should not be much affect on a woman’s ability to breastfeed her infant later. In fact, many woman have reported that they were indeed able to breastfeed successfully after surgery.

Breastfeeding with Implants – What You Should Know

Some studies have compared breastfeeding success in women who have had breast augmentation to women who have not, and the results are fairly inconclusive. I tell prospective patients who are interested in breast surgery that there is a possibility they could have more difficulty with breastfeeding. If you are considering breastfeeding in the future, personal research is always advised, to be sure you have all the facts to make an informed decision. You will also want to be sure that you are open and honest during your personal consultation with Dr. Timothy Janiga, so you can receive the best information. Because of the high satisfaction rate associated breast augmentation, most women are willing to take the associated risks that go along with the procedure, including a possible affect to breastfeeding success. 

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