Is breastfeeding with implants safe for my baby?

Breast Augmentation

Is breastfeeding with implants safe for my baby?

Is breastfeeding with implants safe for my baby?

“Should I choose for the implants to go under the breast or in an incision via the nipple?”

“Are saline implants or silicone implants more suited for me post baby?

“Will I be able to breastfeed?”

“Will breastfeeding be safe for my baby?”

If you’re one of the burgeoning number of women who are considering or have had breast augmentation surgery, some of the above questions would have definitely been on the top of the list of questions you would have had. However, as with almost all nursing women, the core success of breastfeeding depends largely on having proper information about the positioning and management of the baby for optimal latching, regardless of breast augmentation procedures.

The fact is, even women without breast augmentations have been disheartened with the struggles they faced trying to breastfeed their babies. While there are studies which show that women with implants may have a few more hurdles to overcome, adequate effort on the mother’s part can still accomplish the task of providing nourishment for their bundle of joy.

Ironically, there are women who make a conscious decision against breastfeeding their child to maintain the shape and pertness of the breast as the implants stay in place and hold their shape for women who have had breast augmentation. Women who have not had implants generally notice increased elasticity in the breast tissues during or after the period of nursing and this eventually could cause a sag. As with nature, the results of breastfeeding differs from woman to woman and it is impossible to ascertain how much change will occur.

For women who are determined to nurse their babies with implants, they need not fret. In the case of saline implants, the salt water is reabsorbed into the body rather quickly, thus not posing any risk to either mother or baby. A lot more research has been carried out for silicone implants. Weaving through the scientific information available on the effects of breastfeeding with implants reveals one common link – silicone cannot travel from a mother’s implants, through the mammary glands and into breast milk.

You can heave a sigh of relief at that bit of information but there are other factors to consider like the positioning of your implants, incision sites and the size of the implants.

Incisions on the areola (periareolar), the pigmented area on the nipple, while not as aesthetically pleasing, it also runs the risk of decreasing the ability to breastfeed as the milk ducts could accidentally be nicked during surgery. There are drawbacks to this procedure such as an increased risk of infection and loss of sensation in the nipple. Incisions made in the fold under the breast, with the implants placed behind the muscle, optimise the preservation of breastfeeding abilities as there is little surgical trauma to the breast, therefore resulting in better milk production for the little one.

“A very large implant in a woman with fairly tight skin, no matter how it is placed, could conceivably diminish breast milk production by the pressure on the overlying breast tissue,” advises Douglas J. Mackenzie, M.D. This is especially so when breast engorgement post pregnancy kicks in. Choosing the best type of implant is key at Shens Clinic and in consultation with Dr Shens, you will be able to select a suitable size and shape for your implants from among the Motiva range.

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