Breast Implants After Nursing
Breast implants and nursing. A lot of questions arise for women who see the effects of pregnancy in areas of their bodies that were once comfortable and familiar. First and foremost, if there’s a chance you’ll have another child, you want your baby to be able to breastfeed without risk. Secondly, you want to be happy with your body.
During pregnancy, your breasts swell in size due to the production of milk and hormonal changes. After breastfeeding, the dense tissue of the breasts shrinks, ultimately shrinking the volume of your breasts as well. This can leave behind sagging skin, resulting in drooping and sagging of the breast.
Many women benefit from breast implants after nursing to restore their breasts to how they were before pregnancy. In this blog, I’ll do my best to answer all of your questions as these are the most common I get.
Can I still breastfeed after getting breast implants?
If you do get pregnant after having breast implant surgery, it’s absolutely possible to have breast implants while nursing. However, your milk supply may be affected depending on how your surgical procedure was done and where the incision was made.
In a subpectoral breast augmentation surgery, the implant is placed behind the pectoral muscle and away from the breast itself. This means all the ducts that were there, to begin with, are intact and still connected to the nipple. Other times, in order to make the scar less visible, an incision is made around the areola that can interfere with milk supply. It’s possible for some ducts to be severed but unfortunately, you won’t know for sure until you try to breastfeed.
If you’re unsure which procedure you had, contact your plastic surgeon for details.
Using a breast pump with implants
There’s no evidence to suggest that using a breast pump with implants will cause damage to you, your implants (regardless if they’re saline or silicone), or your child. Most women who have undergone breast augmentation can still nurse their children without issue.
However, women with implants placed using the periareolar incision method should be careful when placing the flange around the areola as the flange may irritate the scar tissue. Additionally, every woman’s body is unique. Some may naturally have low milk production rates while some may have damage that prevents them from breastfeeding, with or without breast implants.
If you have any questions, contact your plastic surgeon.
The sensory response from the nipple helps to stimulate milk production. Some women develop a decreased sensation in their nipple after implants and this could be a cause for a reduction in milk production as well.
Fortunately, more often than not, sensation returns to normal after breast implant surgery.
Can I breastfeed after nipple reconstruction?
Yes. The answer is the same for nipple reconstruction.
However, if the natural nipple and areola have been removed due to breast cancer, the patient will not be able to breastfeed after nipple reconstruction. This is because the underlying ducts are no longer intact.
If there were no problems prior to surgery, breastfeeding should not be affected. The milk ducts will remain intact and milk flow will remain uninterrupted.
How do you measure breastfeeding success?
- Your baby is feeding at least eight to 12 times in 24 hours
- Your breasts feel less full after feeding
- 5-6 diaper changes every 24 hours
Beyond milk production, there are several benefits to breastfeeding. Being skin-on-skin with your baby is valuable to countless mothers. Therefore, the time is important even if the baby isn’t getting nutrition from sucking. Some mothers may find it possible to provide all their baby’s nutrition with breast milk while others may entirely need supplements. Successful breastfeeding does not always mean producing a full supply of milk.
How breast implants after nursing can help
For a lot of women, altering your body can be a conscious battle. It’s important to accept and love yourself, and you want to raise your kids to feel that way too. However, after your body goes through pregnancy – even multiple times – your body respectfully responds to it. It’s natural and basically inevitable.
Breast augmentation, or breast implant surgery, is the top cosmetic surgery today. It’s a major step for most women. Studies have shown that breast implants can help boost self-esteem, body image, and sexual satisfaction.
If you’re ready to get your body back, contact Dr. Finkel today.