Can I Breastfeed After Getting Implants?

Many women assume that their breast implants automatically disqualify them from breastfeeding. They are wrong. If you have breast implants and want to breastfeed, you probably can. If you’re considering implants, future breastfeeding is a possibility. Here’s what you need to know (get in touch if you have any additional questions).

Incision and Placement Matter

If you’re hoping to breastfeed in the future, incision placement matters. Some incisions are much more prone to breastfeeding success than others. The worst incision type for breastfeeding is the periareolar incision (around the nipple). This incision is much more likely to damage nerve response in the nipple and interfere with the ability to breastfeed. Inframammary incisions (under the breast fold) are considered one of the best for future breastfeeding, as well as transaxillary incisions (in the arm pit).

Implant placement also plays a role in determining breastfeeding success. Submuscular placement (under the breast muscle) is less likely to place pressure on the breast tissue and is a better option for breastfeeding. Subgladular placement (over the chest muscle) may structurally impede milk flow by pressing on breast tissue.

If you hope to breastfeed someday, talk with Dr. Sajjadian before your surgery. He can help you create a surgical plan to best preserve your breastfeeding success while still creating a gorgeous new shape for your breasts. Triple-board certified Dr. Sajjadian is a highly-skilled breast surgeon and who uses techniques and methods suited to preserving breast function.

Does Breastfeeding Cause Implant Sagging?

Many women with breast implants worry about the toll that pregnancy and breastfeeding will take on their breasts. While pregnancy does certainly cause breast sagging, it is believed that breastfeeding does not significantly increase the problem. Changes in your breasts after baby are due to the hormonal changes your body goes through during pregnancy. A breast lift when you’ve finished having children can restore your breasts after baby.

Getting Help

Many new moms struggle with breastfeeding, both with and without implants. If you have implants and are struggling with breastfeeding, get help. It may not be your implants that are causing the problem. Organizations to support women with breastfeeding after breast surgery exist and can provide you with resources and information. Reach out and get help if you need it.

If you’ve got implants, odds are breastfeeding is still a possibility. Call Dr. Sajjadian today to schedule your breast augmentation consultation.