Breast augmentation: Can I breastfeed with implants?

This is a common concern with women who have had breast implants and may want a child later in life. The answer to this question is a more complicated than a simple «yes» or «no».  Every woman, whether she gets an implant or not, can experience problems when breastfeeding. Some women just can’t do it and must rely on alternatives. That being said, there’s no proof available that indicates breast augmentation increase this risk.

There’s also no indication that these implants alter the quality of milk produced. Babies gain weight at similar rates whether a mother has augmentation done or not. This page contains all information you must know about your ability to breastfeed with implants. We at Dr. Mario F. Bernier recommend consulting with your doctor before making a decision. They’ll answer all your questions so you can make an informed decision.

They don’t stop the ability to breastfeed

While the FDA warns that breast augmentation cause problems and reduces your feeding ability, real-life cases have proven otherwise. Over 10 million patients undergo this procedure every year globally. Feeding-related complications after these procedures are rare enough that many experts have dismissed there’s any connection between them and breast augmentation.

Comprehensive studies haven’t been conducted yet so there’s no detailed information on this matter. The key to successful breastfeeding is a positive attitude, good support structure, and comfort. You can also supplement nutrition so your child is healthy.

Breastfeed with implants: Impact of techniques

A small study indicates that implants through periareolar incisions can cause milk insufficiency. These incisions are made around the areola and carry a higher risk. Unfortunately, this study has been conducted on a very small sample size so it can’t be considered conclusive.

Incisions made under your armpit or from under the fold of your breasts are safer, less likely to interfere with feeding. Underdeveloped breasts have problems producing milk so you will face problems after augmentation.

Most surgeons will choose the safest and most effective procedure for carrying out augmentation. They’ll explain all you need to know about your procedure, its impact on your breastfeeding, and other such factors. If there’s a higher chance of facing problems, a surgeon will make sure you know.

You can’t really know how much a particular procedure will impact the ability until you start to breastfeed with implants. Mothers will usually know right away if they’re unable or if babies are getting an insufficient amount of milk.

 Impact on quality of milk

These procedures have caused no recorded harm to breastfed babies. Infants haven’t developed any health concerns, allergies, or unusual properties in their blood.

There’s no difference in the quantity of silicone in milk, whether the sample is taken from women with augmentation or without one. Cow’s milk has more silicone in it than breast milk and it is considered safe to drink. The small amount of silicone won’t cause any harm to your baby. Saline implants are even safer for breastfeeding.

Mothers can also use breast pumps after getting implants. As they’re designed to fit the contours of your breast perfectly, a pump will extract milk comfortably. Start with a lower pumping setting to ensure there’s no injury. Even high settings don’t cause more pressure than a baby would so your implants won’t be harmed. If you experience any discomfort, speak with your surgeon immediately for advice or alternative solutions.

If you want to know more about augmentation and its impact on your ability to breastfeed with implants, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Dr. Mario F. Bernier. Call us at 450 686 4755 or email us for more information.