Can I Breastfeed After Breast Augmentation?

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Many women considering breast augmentation wonder about their ability to breastfeed in the future and want to know if any problems may arise when they do. This blog discusses common concerns about breastfeeding after breast augmentation and how, in general, this procedure shouldn’t interfere with a woman’s natural ability to breastfeed.

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Deciding When to Get Your Breast Augmentation  

Whether you want to add volume to naturally small breasts, improve the shape and contour of your breasts, or correct breast asymmetry, breast augmentation can be a fantastic option. Something many women struggle with is deciding when is the right time to get their breast augmentation procedure. On the one hand, some women may want to have it as soon as possible and may get a breast augmentation as soon as they are 18 or when they’re in their early twenties. On the other hand, many women planning to have children may hesitate to get a breast augmentation before experiencing the bodily changes associated with pregnancy. 

A concern that women often have about breast augmentation is whether it will affect their ability to breastfeed. If you’re planning on having children in the future and want to breastfeed, make sure to let your surgeon know during your breast augmentation consultation. Your surgeon may make certain recommendations for the incision and implant placement to avoid creating complications for breastfeeding in the future. 

Do Breast Implants Hinder Milk Production? 

Statistics show that about twenty percent of all women experience some difficulty breastfeeding after breast augmentation, especially if they had a periareolar incision, as it disrupts the milk ducts. However, there are many women who receive breast augmentation with silicone or saline implants that experience no complications while breastfeeding. It is important to understand that, in general, some women may not be able to breastfeed even if they have not had any breast surgery. 

In many cases, breast augmentation will not affect your natural breastfeeding ability. This means that women who would have been able to breastfeed before breast augmentation should still be able to after having the surgery. 

What Do Implants Look Like After Breastfeeding? 

Another concern that women have regarding breastfeeding after breast augmentation is whether their breasts will look different. Your breast implants themselves should not be affected by breastfeeding. Remember that it is very likely that your breasts will change in shape and size as you breastfeed due to your natural breast tissue growing and shrinking. A result of this is often sagging breasts, especially if you lose natural breast volume and are left with excess skin.  If that happens, the solution is a breast lift or mastopexy.

Should I Get Breast Augmentation Before or After Kids? 

While choosing a time to get breast augmentation is always a highly personal decision, some women may want to postpone their procedure until they are done building their families. There are two options here: either get breast augmentation and enjoy fuller breasts and better shape since the odds are it will not likely affect breastfeeding or wait until after having kids and after they are all done breastfeeding, as that can cause breast shape to change. Be aware that you may need breast augmentation with possible breast lift if sagging is present. This will often give you the best breast augmentation results as well, as adding a breast lift to your procedure will address any drooping that breastfeeding may have caused. 

Interested in Breast Augmentation in Newport Beach, CA? 

If you’re ready to begin your breast augmentation journey, contact Paydar Plastic Surgery to set up a consultation with Dr. Paydar. To learn more about breast augmentation in Newport Beach, CA, or to schedule a consultation, call us at (949) 755-0575 or complete our online contact form