Implants And Breastfeeding: What You Need To Know

Many women of childbearing age are now considering having breast implants placed. If you find yourself in this position, you might have heard that implants can impact your life with your child and even affect your child’s health over time. In this latest post, we address what you need to know about implants and breastfeeding and how you can make the right choice for your future.

Implants do not Impact the Health of the Baby

One of the most important things you should know is that you will not impact the health of your baby by having breast implants during breastfeeding. There is no increased risk to the baby from them receiving milk from a breast enhanced by implants. Breasts with either saline or silicone implants have been shown to be safe for delivering milk to babies in the latest studies.

Your Body Can Change During Pregnancy

We know that your body will undergo a number of changes during pregnancy. And this can mean that your breasts undergo changes, too. While the majority of women remain exceptionally happy with their breast augmentation results having gone through pregnancy, some find their breast shape changes naturally during pregnancy. This might mean you require further surgical intervention after your child is born. Working with your cosmetic specialist can help you ensure you make the right choice.

Breastfeeding Can be Impacted

Some studies have shown that women with breast implants are unable to breastfeed their baby. But, in research, the vast majority of cases related to psychological challenges rather than physical issues preventing breastfeeding from taking place. Ninety per cent of those who reported they were unable to breastfeed due to their implants believed that to do so would harm their baby. However, we know that implants have no impact on the baby’s health and breastfeeding using an enhanced breast is safe for your child.

Minimizing Potential Breastfeeding Problems During Surgery

In some cases, the surgeon can take action to minimize future breastfeeding problems during your implant surgery. In completing their surgical work, the specialist can:

  • Make incisions under the breast

    The surgeon can complete their incisions under the breast and through the fatty tissue to limit the impact on your potential for milk-production.

  • Place implants under muscles

    The surgeon may also decide to place the implant under chest muscles to avoid any potential damage to nerves and glands in the area.

  • Carefully leave ducts intact

    In completing their work, the surgeon can place the implant while keeping ducts intact and unimpeded. They can work with you pre-surgery to discuss these options and how to mitigate breastfeeding issues in the future.

Our expert team is here to address all your breastfeeding questions! To discover more on your implant options and how to mitigate breastfeeding problems in the future, call us today!