Does Breast Augmentation Affect Breastfeeding?


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Breastfeeding is a common practice for many mothers as it provides the proper nutrition needed for a growing baby. The CDC reports approximately 83% of mothers start breastfeeding their children when they’re born.

With the popularity of breast augmentation, many mothers-to-be who have had this procedure may be wondering if they can still breastfeed their children. While most women report they can breastfeed following their procedure, the answer is largely dependent on the location of your surgical incision.

Here, we’ll look at what you need to know about breastfeeding your baby after a breast augmentation.

Can You Breastfeed With Breast Implants?

Women who have had breast augmentation surgery in the past are often able to breastfeed their babies, but there are a few different factors that come into play.

If the incision from your breast augmentation surgery is through your armpit or under the fold of your breast, you’ll likely be able to breastfeed normally. If your surgeon made the incision around the areola, there’s a chance that your milk ducts may have been cut during surgery, and you may have problems breastfeeding or be unable to breastfeed. However, this type of incision is not as common.

Special Concerns

Many women who have had breast augmentation surgery have no problems breastfeeding, but it’s important to understand that you may experience some discomfort while breastfeeding. Many women who have implants experience more severe engorgement of the breast before feeding their baby.

Speak With Your Doctor

If you have breast implants and are planning on breastfeeding your baby, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor beforehand. They’ll be able to work with you to help you understand what to expect, as well as provide helpful tips that can make your breastfeeding journey easier.

Call the Office of Eric S. Schaffer, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Schaffer is here to help you look and feel your best. Whether you’ve had a breast augmentation procedure in the past and are looking for an update or are interested in learning more about breast augmentation for the first time, our team is here to help.

Schedule a consultation at our San Antonio office, or contact us at 210-227-3223. We look forward to getting to know you!

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