Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Breastfeeding After Augmentation Mammaplasty




One of the most common concerns of patients considering breast augmentation is its effect on breastfeeding.  However, many studies have suggested the surgery does not prevent women from producing milk.

Is It Possible to Breastfeed After Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation patients will most likely be able to breastfeed their babies following the surgery, particularly if the incision is made along the breast crease and armpit.  However, a U-shaped incision around the edge of areola may increase the risk of having breastfeeding problems because the technique causes more trauma to the glands, nerves, and ducts.

Can Silicone Implants Contaminate the Milk?

Breast implants do not pose contamination risk to babies; in fact, the milk produced by a woman with siliconeimplants has a significantly less amount of silicone than formula milk.

Potential Problem

Patients should know that breast augmentation does not prevent them from producing milk, although there is a risk of having less sensitive nipples, which in turn may lead to difficulty in breastfeeding.  Fortunately, a study has suggested that five years after breast surgery, most of the damaged nerves have already been repaired by the body, significantly improving the ability to breastfeed.

Why Some Patients Can’t Nurse Their Babies

It’s not about inability to breastfeed, but more on the unwillingness of some women to nurse their babies.  According to a recent study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), women with breast implants who think that breastfeeding can lead to sagging breasts are less likely to do this successfully.

However, the ASPS said that breastfeeding does not affect the result of breast implant surgery and even highlighted the significant health advantages for both baby and mother.

Solution for Those Experiencing Difficulty in Breastfeeding

Women with breast implants should tell her child’s pediatrician about the surgery; in this way, the doctor can keep a close eye on the baby’s weight and make sure he or she is getting enough milk.

But for patients who had breast augmentation to address hypoplasia or underdeveloped breasts, they may experience trouble producing enough milk.  For these mothers, they are often advised to use pump after each nursing session to stimulate production.  But if this is not enough, they should use formula milk or donor milk.

Should Breast Augmentation Be Postponed?

Some plastic surgeons recommend postponing breast implant surgery for women who are considering having babies since pregnancy may change the appearance of their breasts.

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