JANIGA MDs

Plastic Surgery & Cosmetic Center

Breast Augmentation and Breastfeeding – What you Need to Know

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Breast Augmentation and Breastfeeding – What you Need to Know

Will breast augmentation effect my ability to breast feed?

My patients frequently ask me this during breast augmentation consultations.  There is certainly no definitive answer to this question, but in many cases women will be able to successfully breast feed after their breast augmentation procedure.

Is Breast Feeding Popular?

Statistically, in the U.S. approximately 30 percent of mothers with newborns will breast feed for the first six weeks, while less than 10 percent will continue to do so for an entire year, regardless of whether they’ve had breast augmentation or not.

Is there a way to reduce the risk?

When discussing this with my patients, I explain that placing the implant through an incision under the fold of the breast or through the armpit is the least likely to disrupt breast tissue, while placing a periareolar incision or “smile” around the areola likely puts a patient at greater risk for problems, as this approach is more likely to disrupt the milk duct system. If a woman expresses interest in breast feeding or has not had children yet, I will often use the first two incision types in order to avoid any future risk of breast feeding problems.

Where can I get more information?

It is important to be fully educated about the procedure and your options – this happens during your initial consultation with Dr. Janiga.  We also have some before and after photos available so you can see real results from previous patients.  Click here to learn more about breast augmentation.

How do I know what the best procedure is for me?

With all of this in mind, it’s important to remember that each case is unique. For a discussion specific to your situation, anatomy, and desires, a personal consultation with Dr. Timothy Janiga will help you to have all the information before making a decision. We are also available by phone at (775) 398-4600 to answer any questions you may have, or set up a consultation.