Babies can change our entire world. This means even making decisions like getting breast implants can be affected. Even if you’re not currently pregnant or have children, you may pause and wonder if getting breast implants or if the implants you already have will stop you or interfere with breastfeeding. When it comes down to it, it largely depends on you, your preferences, and the doctor you plan to use.
Breastfeeding and Implants
The common breast implant surgery doesn’t interfere with the ducts of the breast or the portion that produces milk. This means that if you already have breast implants or plan on getting them before you get pregnant, you should be safe. Technology has also provided us with silicone that shouldn’t leak into the milk supply, ensuring baby is safe from any chemicals or negative effects from the breast implants.
The common breast implant surgery involves an incision right under the fold of the breast which doesn’t interfere with any ducts, senses, etc. However, there are other methods used in surgery where the incision may occur in the armpit or the areola. This is often done when minimal scarring is preferred. When this type of surgery is employed, it can cause some of the ducts to be severed and also decrease sensory in the nipple. This will cause the nipple to not release milk as it should. This means little to no milk will come forth when the baby attempts to nurse. In common breast implants surgeries, it’s also a consistent procedure to place the implant behind the pectoral muscle. However, sometimes it is placed over the muscle which could interfere with the effectiveness of the ducts in the breast.
Many times, a patient will have no idea where the incision was made or what type of breast implant surgery they underwent. This means they may not be aware of any breastfeeding issues until they attempt to do so. If you are pregnant or planning on getting pregnant and have breast implants, it’s worth a call to your doctor to see what type of surgery you underwent. This will give you leeway into any issues you might run into while breastfeeding. It’s always best to be prepared with a child on the way. If you are currently nursing a child or just recently stopped breastfeeding, it’s important that you talk to an experienced doctor and offer this information. They will be able to guide you in the best course of action for your specific circumstances.
If you plan on getting breast implants before you have children, be sure to talk to your doctor about this. They will be able to make sure that the correct type of breast implant surgery is performed. This will ensure that you and your future children are safe, without worries.