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Might getting a breast reduction prevent me from breast feeding in the future?

4 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Possibly: This can depend somewhat on the approach taken but usually creates problems with breast feeding. Any significant reduction will disrupt some of the natural channels and relocation of the nipple/areola complex further alters the system unfortunately, you can go bigger with less effect on breast feeding than going smaller, but either way it can limit success.
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Usually not: With the exception of the free nipple graft technique, most women who have a breast reduction could breast feed in the future, if they chose to. However, the percentages vary somewhat with the details of the surgical technique used - discuss with your surgeon.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Depends.: Much will depend on exactly what technique is used to perform the breast reduction procedure. Make sure you communicate your goals with your plastic surgeon who may be able to improve your chances by maintaining a healthy " central” pedicle below the nipple/areola complexes, preserving lactiferous ducts as much as possible. Best wishes.
Dr. Larry Nichter
Cosmetic Surgery 36 years experience
BreastFeeding PostBR: Surgery may reduce and or eliminate the ability to breast feed.
Dr. Darryl Blinski
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
YES!
Dec 28, 2015

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can getting a breast reduction prevent me from breast feeding in the future?

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Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Yes: Most patients who have a breast reduction are unable to breast feed. Roughly 33-45% of patients may be able to.

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