Breastfeeding and Breast Augmentation
Every breastfeeding journey is unique.
Women with breast augmentations can often feel discouraged away from breastfeeding, thinking it might be too challenging. It's our job to assure mothers interested in breastfeeding that they may have different resources and options available to them that will help them breastfeed comfortably.
One of the largest obstacles that women with augmented breasts are presented with while pursuing breastfeeding, is the possibility of reduced milk production.
Identifying the way your augmentation surgery affected your breasts' glandular tissues is the first step in understanding more about your body's milk production. During surgery, the incision site is usually in an area that is less conspicuous to give the augmented breasts a natural appearance. Your incision site is a big factor in understanding your body's ability to produce milk, with nipple area incisions typically interfering with nerve communication and milk ejection.
Your breast shape pre-augmentation also plays a role in your lactation.
Breast shape, irregularity and placement on your body can sometimes correlate to lower milk production. Understanding your breast type before your surgery and what type of augmentation/incision used will help you identify the healthiest way to proceed with your breastfeeding routine. Most breast implant surgeries are designed to keep as much of the natural breast tissues intact and functioning as naturally as possible.
What about breast reduction surgery?
An open line of communication with your physician and cosmetic surgeon is the first step. When breast size is reduced, some internal tissues have to be removed. If the nipple was not removed and re-positioned, milk production and breastfeeding is possible. Having feeling in the nipple is important because nerve and hormone communication is the framework for lactation. Breast reduction doesn't halt breastfeeding, and just like with any augmentation, you won't know how your milk supply is affected until you begin to nurse.
Breastfeeding After Partial Mastectomy or Lumpectomy
If you're a survivor, you might not be feeling as hopeful or confident as you should be about breastfeeding. However in many cases it's not only possible to breastfeed after a partial mastectomy or lumpectomy, but many women are able to have long and healthy breastfeeding journeys with their children. Every situation is different, but with patience and the right support systems in place, you can get onto a feeding routine that works best for you and your baby. Skin to skin contact and prolactin boosting techniques are important to compensate for reduced milk production and supplementation is also a helpful tool to keep your baby healthy.
The right support is everything.
Our team of professional lactation consultants are there with you every step of the way to help you meet your child's needs and your long term breastfeeding goals.
Augmentation isn't an obstacle it is just a direction in your breastfeeding journey.