Can You Breastfeed With Implants?

Can You Breastfeed With Implants?

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Can you Breastfeed with Implants?

As the most popular cosmetic procedure, it’s not surprising that there’s a wealth of information about breast augmentation. But despite this abundance, plenty of misinformation exists. One of the most common examples has to do with breastfeeding. It’s a false, but unfortunately prevalent myth that you can’t get breast implants if you plan on breastfeeding. Embracing motherhood is a profound journey, and for many women with breast implants, the question of breastfeeding often arises. The good news is that breastfeeding with implants is not only possible but quite common. In this blog post, we'll explore the considerations, benefits, and tips for successful breastfeeding with implants.

Addressing Common Concerns:

One of the primary concerns for mothers with breast implants is whether it will impact their ability to breastfeed. However, numerous studies have shown that breastfeeding is feasible and safe with implants. The key lies in understanding the type of implant surgery and its impact on mammary glands and milk ducts.

Types of Implants and Their Influence:

Different types of breast implant surgeries may affect breastfeeding differently. Subglandular placement (above the chest muscle) is less likely to interfere with milk ducts, making breastfeeding more straightforward. Submuscular placement (under the chest muscle) may pose a slightly higher risk but doesn't necessarily rule out breastfeeding.

Considerations During Pregnancy:

For women planning to breastfeed with implants, it's essential to communicate with their healthcare provider during pregnancy. Regular check-ups will help assess the breast anatomy and ensure that there are no complications that could affect breastfeeding.

Benefits of Breastfeeding with Implants:

Breastfeeding provides numerous benefits for both the mother and the baby. It strengthens the bond between the mother and the newborn, boosts the baby's immune system, and aids in postpartum recovery for the mother. Mothers with implants can experience the same emotional and physical advantages as those without.

In fact, your breast ducts, (where your breast milk is produced) are likely not even going to be touched during breast implant surgery. When undergoing breast augmentation surgery, one of the decisions you and surgeons will discuss during your consultation are the placement of your breast implants: beneath the chest muscle or above the chest muscle. Beneath the chest muscle, or pectoralis, is known as submuscular placement. With this placement, the breast implant may be placed under just a portion of the muscle or the muscle will be used to completely cover the implant. Above the chest muscle is known as subglandular placement. With this placement, the breast implant is placed underneath your existing breast tissue.

When deciding when to get breast implants, be it pre- or post-children, many women opt to wait until after having they’re done expanding their family, despite there being no impact to their ability to breastfeed. It’s no secret that pregnancy and childbirth can have a major impact on a woman’s body, so many mothers choose to undergo surgical procedures to restore their pre-baby bodies, whether it be a breast augmentation alone for deflated breasts after breastfeeding or as part of a “Mommy Makeover”. Comprising three different procedures, the Mommy Makeover (a breast rejuvenation, a tummy tuck and buttock rejuvenation) is a full-body rejuvenation for those who have had multiple children or drastic weight loss to help get the body in proportion.

If you choose to undergo breast augmentation after breastfeeding, it’s best to wait at least six months after you’re done to give your breasts time to recover and shrink down so that your breast augmentation can be accurately performed. Breastfeeding with implants is not only feasible but also a beautiful and rewarding experience for many mothers. By understanding the type of implant surgery, staying proactive during pregnancy, and seeking guidance from healthcare professionals, mothers with implants can navigate the breastfeeding journey with confidence and nurture their little ones with love. The benefits of breastfeeding, both physical and emotional, extend to mothers with implants, allowing them to embrace the joys of motherhood with assurance and grace.

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