Top
20
Doctor insights on: Will I Be Able To Keep My Nipples During A Mastectomy

Share
1

1
Will I be able to keep my nipples during a mastectomy?

Will I be able to keep my nipples during a mastectomy?

May or may not: Most commonly a mastectomy for breast cancer includes removal of the nipple and areola. There is a type of mastectomy called nipple sparing mastectomy. This procedure may not be appropriate for cancer treatment in many situations. You need to talk to your breast surgeon to see if your condition is suitable for this procedure. Not all surgeons do this procedure. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer

Nipple (Definition)

A nipple also known mammary papilla or teat is a small projection of skin containing the outlets for 15–20 lactiferous ducts. Its at the apex or top or breast ...Read more


2

2
Will I be able to breast feed if my nipples continue to be cracked after my birth?

Will I be able to breast feed if my nipples continue to be cracked after my birth?

Yes: Sometimes nipples are cracked before delivery because the skin is dry and rubbing against irritating clothing. After delivery you can try wearing breast shells to prevent chaffing from clothing or you can use hydrogels to soothe cracked nipples. After delivery cracked nipples is often a sign of a poor latch so see a lactation consultant asap. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
Will I be able to breastfeed if I have had a breast reduction?

Will I be able to breastfeed if I have had a breast reduction?

Yes: Most women who have undergone breast reduction surgery have good preservation of breast ducts to nipples, especially in the upper half of the breast which are usually not resected. Likewise breast feeding after augmentation (breast implants) works fine as these are placed under the pectoral muscles. ...Read more

See 4 more doctor answers
5

5
My mom will be going through a mastectomy. What all can I do to support her before and after?

My mom will be going through a mastectomy. What all can I do to support her before and after?

Love and peace: It is important that your mother, you and your family understand the diagnosis and have been given all of the treatment options. I hope she is not undergoing a mastectomy out of fear but because she understands this choice and was given the option of reconstruction (making a new breast). Surround mom with love and peace. Allow her to express her feelings. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
Will I still be able to nurse if I have had a breast reduction?

Will I still be able to nurse if I have had a breast reduction?

Maybe: Some reduction procedures leave more glandular tissue intact behind the nipple than others, so it will depend on the type of surgery and the individual. The possibility of successful breast feeding is definitely decreased by a reduction. ...Read more

See 11 more doctor answers
9

9
Adopted a three day old baby and i want to be able to feed her breast milk, can I do this without getting pregnant?

Adopted a three day old baby and i want to be able to feed her breast milk, can I do this without getting pregnant?

Contact OB: You can contact your OB for assistance in inducing lactation. ( hormonal manipulation) you may want to contact the la leche league @ 800-525-3243 or lactation consultants affiliated with the OB services of area hospitals. These groups can get you started. ...Read more

10

10
How long will i need to use a breast pump? How many months am i going to need to be hooking myself up to a breast pump after i give birth? .

How long will i need to use a breast pump? How many months am i going to need to be hooking myself up to a breast pump after i give birth?

.

Depends: On how long you plan to nurse and how often you will need to be away from the baby. Make sure you talk to a lactation consultant and other moms who have nursed to get lots of advice. The best part about pumping (besides knowing your baby is getting great nutrition when you are not there) is being able to nurse and not dealing with bottles when you are home with him or her. ...Read more

11

11
How long will i need to use a breast pump? How many months am i going to need to be hooking myself up to a breast pump after i give birth? .

How long will i need to use a breast pump? How many months am i going to need to be hooking myself up to a breast pump after i give birth?

.

Why use one ?: Simply letting the baby be your breast pump is one way to avoid it's use.They are mush better at emptying you than the pump & preparation for use is a lot less burdensome.If you want one around for any reason, use it as long as you wish. ...Read more

13

13
16 weeks pregnant...Where would the baby be located and when will i be able to feel him with my hand?

16 weeks pregnant...Where would the baby be located and when will i be able to feel him with my hand?

May not feel him. : If it is your first pregnancy, you may not feel him cause you wont show. He is likely below your belly button about a hand width away. You may not start showing until 20-25 weeks. ...Read more

14

14
Will I at least be able to wear a bra when I have my heart ultrasound?

Will I at least be able to wear a bra when I have my heart ultrasound?

Usually not: As a cardiology fellow who has seen hundreds of these procedures, the breasts were covered with a towel as certain areas have to be accessible to get the right image. For example to get a good apical 4 chanber, you will be asked to lean on your left side and probe will be under your left breast in ribs. A bra makes that difficult. Please ask your cardiologist any questions/cobcerns you have. ...Read more

15

15
How sensitive will i be after a nipple reconstruction? Naturally, i just want an idea of how much sensitivity i can expect in that area after a nipple reconstruction surgery. Will being touched there feel the same is it did before my mastectomy? .

How sensitive will i be after a nipple reconstruction? Naturally, i just want an idea of how much sensitivity i can expect in that area after a nipple reconstruction surgery. Will being touched there feel the same is it did before my mastectomy?

.

Varies, not normal: Post mastectomy breast reconstruction is still limited in this day and age to return a perfectly normal breast to a woman. Our current limited goal is to return form or shape to a reconstructed breast but we cannot return the functionality of a breast nor the normal sensation. Having said that, nature is amazing as some patients do get some feeling in their reconstructed breasts in 6-12 months. ...Read more

See 3 more doctor answers
16

16
Will I be able to breast feed my child if I have had breast implants?

Will I be able to breast feed my child if I have had breast implants?

Usually: Breast augmentation leaves most of the ducts connected to the nipple. Therefore, breast feeding is still possible. When the incision is placed below the breast in the lower breast fold, there is usually not problem. The only time that some ducts get cut during a breast augmentation is with a periareolar incision when the cut is around the areola of the breast. Even then, you should still be ok. ...Read more

See 5 more doctor answers
17

17
Will i be able to wear a dress after mastectomy?

YES: If breast reconstruction is not done, your doctor can prescribe a mastectomy bra with external prosthesis. You can wear your dress and look very natural. Best wishes for you. ...Read more

18

18
Can you nurse with breast implants? If i get breat implants and then get pregnant, will i still be able to breast feed?

Can you nurse with breast implants? If i get breat implants and then get pregnant, will i still be able to breast feed?

You can but risks?: The ability to nurse depends on whether the ductal system was interrupted or nerve supply to the nipple may have been compromised. However, that is usually rare, and in most instances, women with a straightforward breast aug particularly if performed through the crease incision, are able to nurse. The next question is: if you can, should you? That is more difficult and there is great controversy. ...Read more

See 5 more doctor answers
19

19
I'm just 18 years but I have breast lumps, so I want to know in my future will I be able to feed milk to a baby?

I'm just 18 years but I have breast lumps, so I want to know in my future will I be able to feed milk to a baby?

Yes: Breast lumps usually do not interfere with nursing. When you have your annual visit with your gynecologist, you should voice your concerns. Your doctor may send you for an ultrasound to determine is the tissue is just lumpy, or if there are cysts or actually lumps in there. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
20

20
I have saggy tuberous breasts. Will i be able to breastfeed in future?

I have saggy tuberous breasts. Will i be able to breastfeed in future?

Nipples: As long as there are nipples that a baby can latch on to, breastfeeding with tubular breasts should not be a problem. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
985 doctors shared insights

Mastectomy (Definition)

A mastectomy is complete removal of all visible breast tissue. Different variations exist, some of which spare some or all of ...Read more