Breast Feeding After Breast Implants
You might be planning to breastfeed your baby when born. If you are considering having Breast Implants in Thailand prior to having your baby, there will be many questions to ask. You may wonder if breastfeeding is possible if you have breast implants and if so, will your implants have an effect on your ability to breastfeed and the amount of milk you can produce. Finding the answers and preparing yourself will help you make better decisions about breastfeeding with implants.
Below is an excerpt from a BabyCenter.org article that explains some crucial issues raised by breastfeeding after breast augmentation.
Can I breastfeed?
Most likely. It depends on the kind of surgery you had, but most approaches are compatible with breastfeeding. Incisions made under the fold of the breast or through the armpit shouldn’t cause any trouble. A “smile” incision around the areola increases your risk of having breastfeeding problems.
You won’t know exactly how your milk supply has been affected by breast augmentation surgery until you try to nurse. If you still have feeling in the nipple, you have a much better chance of having a full milk supply.
If you’re able to produce only a portion of the breast milk your baby needs, you’ll need to supplement with formula or donor milk.
Most mothers who have had breast surgery can breastfeed, at least to some extent. Some find that they:
- Can breastfeed adequately (i.e., without the need to supplement).
- A galactagogue might help (depending on the reason for a small supply)
- Can partially breastfeed (i.e., with the need to supplement somewhat).
There is no clear way of knowing before the birth that of the above groups a mother, who has had breast surgery will fit within. How the surgery was done can impact upon how it may affect breastfeeding. For example, breast reduction surgery is more likely to cause milk supply problems as compared to breast augmentation surgery. It is particularly the case if the nipple was moved to a new position during the surgery as this disrupts the nerve supply to the nipple and areola.
What else should I know about my breast augmentation procedure, If I want to Breast Feed?
When you breastfeed, you can expect your breast skin to become looser. Thus, there’s the possibility that the implant-breast relationship will change. Some women will experience negligible change, but there are those who will see that the position of the implant has changed considerably.
What can I do if the implant’s positions changed after breastfeeding?
You have plenty of options for restoring your breast’s pre-baby appearance. One of the most popular options is a breast uplift procedure. Surgeons highly recommended that you wait six months after you finish breastfeeding before you undergo this type of restorative procedure for your breasts. A consultation with a Shreveport breast augmentation surgeon will provide you with the best information on how to proceed with your implant-related concerns.