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Can I Breastfeed After Breast Augmentation?

Breast Augmentation Before and After PhotosA common concern among breast augmentation candidates is whether or not breastfeeding is possible after breast augmentation. If you are interested in having a child or children after your breast augmentation, rest assured that it is entirely possible to breastfeed with breast implants! However, certain factors such as the incision type and implant placement can affect your ability to breastfeed after breast augmentation.

The Three Incision Types and Breastfeeding

Dr. Mesbahi uses one of three different surgical incisions for breast augmentation. With the transaxillary technique, the incision is placed in the underarm crease and does not affect the milk ducts or nerves that are needed for nursing. With the inframammary technique, the incision is placed along the fold beneath the breasts. Like the transaxillary incision, this incision does not affect the milk ducts or nerves that are needed for breastfeeding. However, the third incision type, which is the periareolar incision, can affect breastfeeding. Women may choose the periareolar technique because it disguises scarring and allows for greater control in placing the implants, but this incision type can increase your risk of breastfeeding complications and unwanted changes in nipple sensation.

How the Periareolar Incision Could Affect Breastfeeding

The periareolar technique involves incisions that encircle the areolas. Due to the incision location, the periareolar technique can reduce nerve response to the nipple, making it more difficult to breastfeed. The periareolar technique may also significantly reduce milk ejection. As milk ejection is limited, the body naturally responds by reducing milk production. If you are interested in breastfeeding after breast augmentation, it is better to choose one of the other incision types to minimize your risk of these breastfeeding complications.

How Implant Placement Could Affect Breastfeeding

The placement of the breast implants can also affect nursing. With subglandular placement, the implants rest directly on the glandular tissue. This can put excess pressure on the glandular tissue and impede milk flow, which could reduce your milk production over time. With submuscular placement, the implants do not place pressure on the gland and therefore should not affect nursing.

If you would like breast implants but are concerned about the potential ramifications of breast augmentation for nursing, schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Mesbahi to learn more about ways to minimize your risk of complications. Dr. Mesbahi and his staff would be happy to answer all of your questions and alleviate your concerns. Call our office at (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form today and we will be happy to assist you.