Can You Breastfeed with Implants?

Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Nearby Areas of Arizona

Women considering breast augmentation often have concerns about breastfeeding. If you are planning to have children in the future but want breast implants now, it makes sense to wonder if you’ll be able to breastfeed your child. Luckily, advances in how breast augmentations are performed mean that the majority of women are still able to breastfeed after having breast implants placed.Mother holding daughter, both smiling

If you are interested in breast augmentation in the Phoenix area, call Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery today at 602-513-8133 to schedule your free initial consultation. We will be happy to answer any questions you have in person.

Breastfeeding with Breast Implants

The vast majority of women are still able to breastfeed after they have breast implants placed. However, there are a number of factors that can affect your likelihood of being able to breastfeed after breast augmentation. These can include:

  • Placement of the implants. Placement under the muscle is less likely to interfere with your milk glands than placement over the muscle.
     
  • Incision location. If you opt for an incision around the areola, the scarring will be less prominent, but there is more of a chance that your milk glands will be affected. Our plastic surgeons typically recommend incisions under the breasts, as this incision location is safe, unobtrusive, and does not interfere with the milk glands.
     
  • Your natural ability to breastfeed. Some women have trouble breastfeeding, even without breast implants. If this is the case, and you are dead set on trying to breastfeed, it might be wise for you to wait on breast augmentation until after you’re finished having children.

You should also keep in mind that your breast shape and size may undergo natural fluctuations while pregnant and after childbirth. Breastfeeding can also contribute to deflation of the breasts. It’s impossible to know exactly how your breasts will look after you’re finished nursing your child, but there is a chance you’ll need a revision surgery if you have breast augmentation before having children.

Is It Bad for My Child to Breastfeed with Implants?

There have been no studies that show any significant danger to your child when breastfeeding with implants. Today’s breast implants are safe and well-made, and are not likely to leak any harmful chemicals into your breast milk supply. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a statement saying that breast implants are not a contraindication to breastfeeding.

If you are considering breast augmentation but are planning to have children within the next year or so, it’s probably a good idea to wait on your surgery. This way, you don’t have to worry about breastfeeding or potential revision surgery.

However, if you are not planning to have children any time soon, go ahead and have your breast augmentation done. You can get years of satisfaction out of your new breasts before thinking about children, and you can rest easy knowing that you should be able to breastfeed in the future if you do choose to have kids. Be sure to tell your plastic surgeon that you might want children in the future, so that he can plan your surgery accordingly!

Schedule Your Breast Augmentation Consultation

If you’re ready to take the first step towards larger, beautifully shaped breasts, call Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery today at 602-513-8133 to schedule your complimentary initial consultation. We serve patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and other nearby areas of Arizona.