One of the concerns amongst women who are considering breast augmentation is whether or not they will be able to breastfeed after their surgery.

Most women who undergo augmentation will be able to breastfeed should they decide to have a baby after their surgery. However, there are some factors that could affect your ability to do so, including the incision site, your surgeon’s experience as well as the specific type of augmentation you decide on.

Breast Implants and Breastfeeding

An implant is not meant to disrupt the connection between your milk ducts and your nipples, so if your augmentation is performed by an experienced surgeon, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to produce milk and breastfeed normally.

Your nipple is really the only area that you should be concerned about when planning your breast augmentation. If for any reason the nerves to the nipple and areola are disrupted, it may affect your ability to express milk. The extent of the disruption will also determine how easy it will be for you to express after surgery.

Your incision site and the type of augmentation procedure will determine how the nerves of the nipples are affected. During breast lifts or reductions, the nipple will need to be moved or repositioned, which is what can damage the nerves.

The placement of your breast implants will also make a difference to your results. When the implants are positioned under the muscle, there is much less chance that it will impact your ability to breastfeed.

You can learn more about the breast augmentation process with implants and what your options are here:  

 Fat Transfer and Breastfeeding

Fat transfer is another option for enhancing the size of the breasts without the need for implants. During this procedure, your own fat can be used to increase your breasts by up to 2 cup sizes. The fat used in this procedure will be taken from an area such as the stomach, thighs or hips. Once the fat has been purified, it will be injected into the breasts.

Choosing an Augmentation Incision

If you would prefer to go the implant route, choosing the right incision will make a difference to your results.

Incisions that are made above the fold of the breast or in the armpit are generally the best options and will result in minimal scarring. Any incisions that are made closer to the nipple put you at higher risk of experiencing breastfeeding difficulties later on.

At the end of the day, some women are going to struggle with breastfeeding regardless of whether they’ve had surgery or not. There is also no real way to determine how your implants will affect your milk supply until you’re ready to breastfeed. If this is a concern for you, be sure to mention it to your surgeon during your consultation so that they can provide you with professional feedback and advice before you go ahead with your breast augmentation procedure.

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