Can I Breastfeed After Breast Augmentation?

The same NCBI study found no conclusive evidence linking materials used in breast implants””primarily silicone and saline””to a woman’s ability to produce milk or on her children’s health.

If you are contemplating breast augmentation surgery and want to limit the risk of future lactation problems, speak with lactation consultants and the best plastic surgeons in your area. These professionals can help you determine the pros and cons of the surgery and the best way to limit the risk of damaging your future milk supply should you have a child.

Even though breast implants increase the risk for lactation problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to breastfeed your baby and provide her with all the benefits that breastfeeding offers. We should note that a low milk supply can have causes other than breast augmentation surgery, including: taking birth control pills, introducing a bottle too early, latching problems, the baby not nursing often enough and exercising or dieting too much. Mothers who worry that they are not producing enough milk often learn that they are, in fact, producing enough to meet their babies’ needs. However, if you are concerned your baby is not gaining enough weight or producing enough wet diapers, which are both signs of getting sufficient amounts of milk, speak with a lactation consultant, who can help you correct the problem.

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