Can I Still Breastfeed After Breast Augmentation?

Breast Augmentation and BreastfeedingOne of the more common questions we receive here at the practice of Dr. David L. Durst among women considering breast augmentation is whether they will retain the ability to breastfeed after the procedure. While the answer to that question depends on a variety of factors for each patient, generally speaking – breast augmentation does not necessarily preclude one’s ability to nurse.

There are a number of breast augmentation incision techniques that can be utilized, and some, such as a periareolar incision, may potentially have an impact on the ducts involved in the successful production of breast milk. With that in mind, patients who are concerned about breastfeeding after breast augmentation can typically have the surgery performed with incisions placed in a different area.

It is important to note that some women (estimated at about 25 percent) are simply not as capable of breastfeeding than others due to certain pre-existing physiological issues, regardless of whether they have had breast augmentation; however, for most women, breast implant surgery should not pose a threat to the ability to breastfeed. Once you meet with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, be sure to discuss all of your concerns and have them thoroughly addressed before deciding on having the procedure.

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