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April 27th, 2016

Breastfeeding after Implants

If you’ve received breast implants, and want to nurse your child, you may find yourself wondering if it is possible, and how the augmentation will affect breastfeeding. The good news is that breast feeding is definitely still possible post-surgery, and the side effects can be minimal to nonexistent, depending on where your incision was, and whether or not nerves were severed during surgery.

A lot of surgeons prefer to make their incision around the areola to decrease visible scarring (this is called a “smile” incision). This type of incision can reduce sensation in the nipple, which can negatively impact milk ejection and, in turn, milk production. This does not mean that you will not be able to breastfeed, and may not even be an issue for you at all. Your doctor or lactation consultant should be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have, and by monitoring your baby’s weight and growth will be able to assess if your milk production is sufficient.

Incisions made under the fold of the breast or at the armpit should not affect nursing or lactation and milk production at all. If you are considering breast implants, and are not done having children, you may want to postpone your surgery until you’ve delivered your last child to avoid any risk of complication due to surgery. Many women report having no issues breastfeeding post surgery, and their children have normal growth and development.

If you are experiencing issues with milk production, a breast pump can help (through the method of “power pumping”, which closely mimics cluster feeding and increases milk production). Aeroflow Breastpumps offers a wide variety of pumps at a low cost at their online store Aeroflow Mom and Baby. You may even be covered to get a breast pump at little to no out of pocket cost through your health insurance. You can see if you qualify by completing the simple three-step Insurance Qualification form. Your dedicated Breastpump Specialist will contact your insurance company, verify your coverage and benefits, and then contact you within 3-5 business days with your options. Feel free to call us with any concerns or questions at 844-867-9890. We look forward to hearing from you!

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