Many women who have done breast augmentation surgery while they were young repeatedly ask this question: can you breastfeed with implants?
There is a common misconception that any surgical modification of the breast will make it difficult or even impossible to nurse a baby. That is far from the truth.
First we should understand the physiological process involved in breastfeeding
During pregnancy and especially before birth, every woman undergoes hormonal changes aimed at balancing her body and giving her the ability to produce milk and breastfeed her newborn baby.
This hormonal activity (the main hormone that starts this mechanism is called Prolactin) leads to the production of milk in the mammary glands, which in turn is secreted into the milk ducts attached to the nipples.
Breast enlargement surgery does not interfere with breastfeeding
During a breast augmentation surgery, the plastic surgeon performs a small incision below the breast and creates a “pocket” where the implant is inserted. Since there is no direct contact with the milk ducts, the nipple, and the mammary glands, you shouldn’t have any problem nursing your baby.
After inserting the implants the surgeon makes sure that both breast looks symmetrical, stitches the cuts and applies pressure bandages to hold the breasts steady. After the bandages are removed, the patient must go with a sports bra that will continue to support her breasts.
Even when the procedure is slightly different and the incision is performed more closely to the nipple, you will still be able to nurse a baby. The surgeon is fully aware of the proximity to the mammary glands and so will make sure no harm is done to them. So the answer to the question can you breastfeed with implants is YES.
Can silicone leak into your milk?
One of the greatest fears regarding breastfeeding with implants is that the silicone may pollute the milk. You can relax. That is not likely to happen for two main reasons:
1) The implants are not close to the mammary glands.
2) Today’s implants are made of a very strong material and there is no fear of leaks.
In any case, if you still have some concerns, it is advisable to consult your surgeon or gynecologist.
So what’s the bottom line?
In the majority of the cases, women who have undergone breast augmentation surgery do not report any difficulty related to breastfeeding. The only problem they may face is some pain they may experience when their breast is full of milk. This phenomenon is common among all women; the implants simply increase the pressure to a certain degree. So neither this nor the question can you breastfeed with implants, should concern you.