Will Breast Augmentation Surgery Prevent Me From Breastfeeding?

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Breast Augmentation is a popular type of cosmetic surgery that can be used to change the size and shape of the breasts. Everyday, women with naturally small breasts elect to have them enlarged to make them more proportionate to the rest of their bodies, increase their confidence and enhance their overall appearance. Others decide to have their breasts enlarged to make it easier to shop for and wear certain types of clothing such as bathing suits and lingerie.  If you are like many women considering breast augmentation surgery, you may be wondering if this cosmetic surgery procedure will prevent you from being about to breastfeed in the future. This can be a big concern for women who have not yet had children or who have not yet completed their families. The answer is that it depends on the type of breast augmentation surgery you have. However, most breast augmentation surgery approaches used today are compatible with breastfeeding.

Surgery that involves a “smile” incision around the areola increases the risk of having breastfeeding problems. However, breast augmentation surgery that involves an incision made under the fold of the breast or through the armpit typically does not cause a problem with breastfeeding. It is impossible to know for sure the effect of the surgery on your milk supply until you attempt to breastfeed. However, if you still have full sensitivity in your nipples, you have a much better chance of having a full milk supply.

If you are considering breast augmentation surgery and want to increase your chances of being able to breastfeed in the future, you should discuss this issue with your plastic surgeon, before the procedure. He or she can then discuss the different surgical methods that can be used to achieve your goals. It is also a good idea to consult a lactation specialists, once you have delivered your baby. A lactation consultant can help you with the technique, and ensure that your baby is getting enough milk to thrive and grow.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Carlos Alarcon, Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.

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