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Can I Breastfeed With Breast Implants?

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Women choose to get breast implants for a variety of reasons. Some want to increase their breast size, while others undergo surgery to correct a deformity or asymmetry. But can you still breastfeed after breast augmentation?

Your ability to breastfeed is based on several factors, which is why we recommend speaking with one of the best plastic surgeons in Dallas. In some cases, it is possible to nurse your child following surgery; however, there is a chance that milk production may be reduced.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe can provide answers to your questions during a breast assessment at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery. Call now to schedule your first appointment today.

Who is a candidate for breast implants?

Almost any woman who is unhappy with her breasts could benefit from implants. However, ideal candidates are in good health and have realistic expectations about surgery and recovery. A consultation with Dr. Dauwe is necessary to determine your candidacy.

Most medical professionals recommend waiting until you have finished having children before breast augmentation. This is because pregnancy and breastfeeding can alter the shape and size of your breasts afterward. It may also impact your ability to breastfeed.

Any woman who is considering having children should mention this to Dr. Dauwe during their initial cosmetic assessment. The best plastic surgeon in Dallas can maximize your chances of being able to nurse after breast augmentation.

Is it safe to breastfeed with implants?

Some women are concerned that the saline or silicone material in breast implants could leak into their milk and impact the health of their children. However, this is extremely unlikely with our modern medical-grade implants. Additionally, the FDA has not found any evidence to suggest that these materials are harmful to nursing infants. Rest assured that your child should be safe if you choose to breastfeed after breast augmentation.

What factors impact my ability to breastfeed?

Several factors impact your ability to breastfeed after breast augmentation surgery. These include:

  • Incision location: The incisions made during breast augmentation may cut into the milk ducts, which can reduce milk production.
  • Implant size: Large or heavy implants are more likely to cause issues with breastfeeding than smaller ones. This is because they place more pressure on the milk ducts.
  • Implant placement: Implants placed under the muscle are less likely to cause problems with breastfeeding than those placed above the muscle.

Other considerations about breastfeeding

Every woman's experience with breastfeeding is unique. Some have no issues with nursing before and after breast augmentation, while others experience a decrease in milk production. It is impossible to predict how your body may respond to surgery. Our best advice is to wait until after you have finished having children before undergoing breast augmentation. This minimizes your chances of having problems with breastfeeding in the future.

Learn the details of breast augmentation

Breastfeeding is a personal decision, and we respect the choice of every mother. However, we always recommend discussing your plans with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe before undergoing breast augmentation. This allows us to tailor your surgery to best suit your desired results.

Schedule an appointment with one of the best plastic surgeons in Dallas by calling Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery. Our team members are proud to have helped countless women achieve their aesthetic goals.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.