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.
Usually can be done. Breastfeeding is healthy for mother and child and certainly may be difficult or not possible for certain mothers regardless of breast surgery. Generally, simple placement of a breast implant, whether under or over the chest wall muscle should not interfere with breast gland functioning. Breast reduction involves incisions through the breast which can lead to scarring and possible interference.
Not Necessarily. Any type of surgery on the breasts may influence a woman's ability to breast-feed; each procedure performed has its own potential risk associated with it. Therefore, this answer will differ depending on exactly what procedure is performed. For example, certain techniques of breast reduction surgery may altogether eliminate a patient's ability to breast-feed whereas most techniques used do not.
Not necessarily. Certain techniques of breast reduction may lead to a significantly higher chance of interfering with the ability to breast feed. Most vertical techniques are very effective in maintaining normal breast structure below the nipple and therefore preserve breast feeding. Breast augmentation with implants may interfere with breast feeding but in my experience it is less likely to do so.

Related Questions

Is there a danger to the baby if I breastfeed him but have a breast implant?

No danger. Barring any contraindications, breast feeding is recommended whether you have breast implants or not. While breast implants can, in some cases, lead to a decrease in milk volume, there is no change in the milk produced. Read more...
No. Breast implants can reduce your chances of being able to breastfeed by about 15-20%. Studies have been done that have shown no silicone being passed into the breast milk in women with silicone gel implants. Read more...

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

Possible. Depends on the type of surgery done. Check with your surgeon and consider a consultation with a lactation specialist. Read more...
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...
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...
Most can... 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...

Are there any rx's that I can take to increase milk supply? I had a prior breast reduction that affected my ability to breast feed with my 1st baby.

Medications? There are a number of reasons for low milk supply, and surgery does not always affect milk supply. One medication, which is a natural hormone, nasal oxytocin, may help release the milk. There may be side effects, so please read about his before you ask your doctor. Also, check out lowmilksupply.Org which has a number of natural ways to help increase milk production. Read more...
Probably not. Unfortunately, most women who have had breast reduction can not produce enough to adequatley feed their babies, no matter what meds or herbs they take. These little ones will need supplementation for adequate calories for growth. But don't give up breastfeeding, the nutrients you give with breastmilk are very important. Just remember to supplement each time with a formala. Read more...
Discuss with M.D. Your obstetrician may be able to give you individual advice, and guidence. Read more...