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Is it possible to breast feed if I have had a breast reduction surgery?

Is it possible to breast feed if I have had a breast reduction surgery?

Possibly: A recent analysis showed no difference in breastfeeding capacity after reduction mammaplasty compared to women of the north american general population during the first month postpartum. Difficulties related to breastfeeding appear to be mostly explained by psychosocial issues related to advice and coaching received by healthcare workers during breastfeeding and other personal considerations. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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If you get a breast reduction, and later on have a baby, do your breasts grow back during breastfeeding?

If you get a breast reduction, and later on have a baby, do your breasts grow back during breastfeeding?

They can enlarge...: It is not very common, but I have done repeat breast reductions on women who previously had breast reductions, became pregnant, and had significant enough enlargement of the breasts that they required a repeat reduction. ...Read more

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Is it possible to breast feed after having a breast reduction surgery? I had the surgery five years ago, am i still capable to breast feed?

Is it possible to breast feed after having a breast reduction surgery? I had the surgery five years ago, am i still capable to breast feed?

Possible.: Depending on the exact technique used for the breast reduction procedure, many patients are able to breast-feed after breast reduction surgery. Certainly worth a try; good luck! ...Read more

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If i get a breast reduction will it create problems if i want to breast-feed my future kids?

If i get a breast reduction will it create problems if i want to breast-feed my future kids?

Possibly.: Depending on the exact technique used to perform the breast reduction procedure, most patients who undergo this (highly pleasing) operation are able to breast-feed successfully. Unfortunately, there is no good way to predict exact which patients are not able to breast-feed after breast surgery. ...Read more

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Can women breast feed after having a mammaplasty(breast reduction) done?

Can women breast feed after having a mammaplasty(breast reduction) done?

Some can: 2 issues here: quality and quantity. Many women lose the ability to breast feed completely after breast reduction surgery. Some are able to produce breast milk but not in sufficient quantities. Others are able to produce sufficient amounts of milk but the quality is different compared to before. Bottom line: you must accept the risk of not being able to breast feed after breast reduction surgery. ...Read more

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In breast reduction do they make your nipples smaller so they are in proportion, also can you still breast feed?

In breast reduction do they make your nipples smaller so they are in proportion, also can you still breast feed?

Breast reduction: Reductions will reposition the nipple arreolar complex and the arreola which is the outer colored portion around the true nipple can be reduced in size. This surgery can affect nursing so discuss with the plastic surgeon. We usually tell patients to wait until after childbearing is completed. ...Read more

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Will you still be able to breastfeed after having breast reduction surgery?

Possibly: A recent study showed no difference in breastfeeding ability after breast reduction compared to women without surgery during the 1st month postpartum. Difficulties related to breastfeeding appear to be mostly explained by psychosocial issues related to advice and coaching received by healthcare workers during breastfeeding and other personal consideration. ...Read more

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

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

Yes: Most patients who have a breast reduction are unable to breast feed. Roughly 33-45% of patients may be able to. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Is it hard or impossible for a woman to breastfeed her child if she had a breast implant or breast reduction?

Is it hard or impossible for a woman to breastfeed her child if she had a breast implant or breast reduction?

Possibly: Depending on the surgical technique, milk production may be affected very little or very much. Discuss this with your plastic surgeon since s/he will be able to determine which technique is most appropriate for you. ...Read more

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Is breast reduction right option for me?

Is breast reduction right option for me?

Combo of surgeries: Breast reduction can be accomplished using a variety of techniques and incisions. This can be accomplished with liposuction removing far only or via "doughnut", "lollipop" or "anchor" incisions where the goal is to remove fat/gland while lifting and preserving nipple/areolar viability and sensation, . ...Read more

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What is getting a breast reduction like?

What is getting a breast reduction like?

A relief: I the patient who has large , heavy breasts that are causing symptoms, breast reduction will offer relief if your complaints are related to the breasts. This is not a "cosmetic procedure" and has substantial scarring. ...Read more

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What is the process for breast reduction?

What is the process for breast reduction?

Artistic endeavor: The reshaping of the breast requires sculpting of breast tissue in 3 dimensions. Usually, the scars to reduce and reshape the skin surround the areola, pass vertically from the base of the areola to the breast fold and then run along the breast crease. Woman who seek reduction often complain of back and neck pain prior to the surgery and find much relief afterwards. www.artofplasticsurgery.com ...Read more

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What to expect 5 weeks post breast reduction op?

What to expect 5 weeks post breast reduction op?

Normal : In terms of activity you should be back to normal with no restrictions. Your breasts may still be slightly numb and sore. Your scars may being more red and thicker at this point before they start fading later. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of a breast reduction?

What are the pros and cons of a breast reduction?

Many: Breast reduction is one of the most patient pleasing operations performed. Pros include improvement of neck/back/shoulder discomfort, improvement of bra strap grooving/posture and/or improvements with skin breakdown/rashes/infections. Downside include scarring, potential for loss of nipple/areola sensation or ability to breast-feed, and other “standard” risks associated with surgery. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of getting a breast reduction?

Many.: Breast reduction surgery is one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform. Benefits include potential reduction of neck, back, shoulder discomfort, improvement in posture, reducing bra strap grooving, improving rashes/skin breakdown, improvement in the ability to exercise and performance of activities of daily living. Of course, potential risk/complications should also be considered. ...Read more

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Dr. Tom Pousti
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Breast Reduction Surgery (Definition)

Reducing breast tissue mass and elevating the breasts on the chest wall tend to improve or alleviate many of the symptoms associated with disproportionately large breasts. It tends to be one of the most patient pleasing ...Read more