Breastfeeding With Implants: All Your Questions Answered

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Women of all ages and backgrounds ask for breast augmentation with implants at our Baltimore practice. Some of them are women who plan on growing their family. If you expect to have more children, you might be concerned about whether implants will affect your ability to breastfeed. Luckily, with a bit of forethought during surgery, you should have nothing to fear.

Many women have questions about breastfeeding with implants and wonder if it’s safe for their babies. In this blog post, we’ll outline how women can work with their doctors to create the safest, most satisfying results after surgery.

Can I breastfeed with implants?

Yes! The majority of women can nurse with breast implants. But, for those wanting to be as careful as possible, surgeons can avoid moving tissues involved in milk production.

During breast enhancement surgery, our doctors at Belcara Health purposely avoid ducts and glands that produce milk after pregnancy. You should discuss your future breastfeeding plans with your surgeon beforehand, though, so they know which precautions to take during the procedure.

Is breastfeeding with implants safe?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found no evidence that materials from an implant (such as silicone) can enter a mother’s milk supply. Implants can theoretically impede the amount of breast milk produced, but this can typically be avoided by using “breastfeeding safe” techniques during surgery.

Which breast augmentation techniques are best for me?

There are multiple ways that surgeons can protect a patient’s ability to breastfeed after breast augmentation. Incision location and implant placement are two of the most important factors.

  • Incision location: Incisions during surgery have the potential to disrupt milk glands or damage nerves. Avoid periareolar incisions as they circle around the areola and cut close to the nipple. Inframammary or transaxillary incisions are safer options as they run along the outer edges of the breast and are farther from glandular tissue.
  • Implant placement: Implants placed close to breast tissue can occasionally put pressure on glands and negatively affect milk production. To keep the implant away from direct tissue contact, it can be placed underneath the chest muscle.

Even without specialized care, breastfeeding ability usually stays intact after surgery. With proper incision and implant placement, women can truly rest easy. Be sure to discuss your family plans with a board-certified plastic surgeon during a one-on-one consultation. Together, you can customize your breast augmentation and protect your ability to nurse.

Browse our before-and-after gallery to see pictures from our own breast augmentation patients. If you would like to learn more about your breast augmentation options here in Baltimore, request a consultation online or call us at (410) 296-0414.

Our Practitioners Who Specialize in Breast Augmentation

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Dr. Michael D. Cohen

Medical Director, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon & Breast Specialist

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Dr. Gary A. Vela

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon & Body Contouring Specialist

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