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Will I still be able to nurse if I have had a breast reduction?
29 doctors weighed in

Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
7 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. Earl Ferguson
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
It depends on the type of breast reduction that is performed as well as the amount of breast tissue removed.
Most studies estimate that on average, supplementation will be required in about half of women who try to breastfeed after a reduction.

In brief: Maybe
It depends on the type of breast reduction that is performed as well as the amount of breast tissue removed.
Most studies estimate that on average, supplementation will be required in about half of women who try to breastfeed after a reduction.
Dr. Earl Ferguson
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Dr. Patrick Schaner
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
I typically recommend that breast reduction candidates wait if they plan to have children or to breast feed in the near future.
Studies show that around 30 percent of women that try to breast feed can sustain an infant on breast milk alone. Roughly the same as women who have had breast reductions.

In brief: Maybe
I typically recommend that breast reduction candidates wait if they plan to have children or to breast feed in the near future.
Studies show that around 30 percent of women that try to breast feed can sustain an infant on breast milk alone. Roughly the same as women who have had breast reductions.
Dr. Patrick Schaner
Dr. Patrick Schaner
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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Doubtful
You shouldn't plan to only breast feed your baby after you have a breast reduction.
The amount of breast milk produced is highly variable and can be significantly decreased or completely eliminated depending on the method of reduction utilized.

In brief: Doubtful
You shouldn't plan to only breast feed your baby after you have a breast reduction.
The amount of breast milk produced is highly variable and can be significantly decreased or completely eliminated depending on the method of reduction utilized.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
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Dr. Gary Tuma
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Breast Reduction
You may or may not be able to breast feed.
It is difficult to determine if the reduction was the reason you could or could not as many women who dont have reductions can't breast feed. If breast feeding is a priority for you then wait until you are finished having babies then have the reduction.

In brief: Breast Reduction
You may or may not be able to breast feed.
It is difficult to determine if the reduction was the reason you could or could not as many women who dont have reductions can't breast feed. If breast feeding is a priority for you then wait until you are finished having babies then have the reduction.
Dr. Gary Tuma
Dr. Gary Tuma
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Dr. Tom Pousti
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe...
Depending on the type of breast reduction procedure performed, some patients are able to breast-feed after this procedure.
If patients are hoping to breast-feed after the breast reduction procedure they should make sure they communicate this goal with their plastic surgeon. Again, there are techniques that are more likely to preserve underlying glandular breast tissue. Best wishes.

In brief: Maybe...
Depending on the type of breast reduction procedure performed, some patients are able to breast-feed after this procedure.
If patients are hoping to breast-feed after the breast reduction procedure they should make sure they communicate this goal with their plastic surgeon. Again, there are techniques that are more likely to preserve underlying glandular breast tissue. Best wishes.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Dr. Tom Pousti
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Dr. Eugene Sidoti
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
Breast surgery of any kind can have a negative effect on your ability to breast feed in the future.
Breast reduction in particular, because it involves a lot of surgical manipulation of the breast tissue. Having said that, there are women who can breast feed subsequent to this surgery. Speak to your plastic surgeon, but there are no guarantees on this one.

In brief: Maybe
Breast surgery of any kind can have a negative effect on your ability to breast feed in the future.
Breast reduction in particular, because it involves a lot of surgical manipulation of the breast tissue. Having said that, there are women who can breast feed subsequent to this surgery. Speak to your plastic surgeon, but there are no guarantees on this one.
Dr. Eugene Sidoti
Dr. Eugene Sidoti
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possible
Depending on the technique and amount of breast tissue removed, you may be able to breast feed after a breast reduciton.

In brief: Possible
Depending on the technique and amount of breast tissue removed, you may be able to breast feed after a breast reduciton.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Often, yes.
In many cases, women can still breast feed after a breast reduction, unless the free-nipple graft method was used.

In brief: Often, yes.
In many cases, women can still breast feed after a breast reduction, unless the free-nipple graft method was used.
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Dr. Barry Cohen
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Maybe
It depends on type and extent of reduction done.

In brief: Maybe
It depends on type and extent of reduction done.
Dr. Barry Cohen
Dr. Barry Cohen
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: No
This could be a maby.
Most surgeons will tell you not to plan on breast feeding if you go thru the procedure because ductwork& nerves are disrupted. This is more a problem when a periareolar incision is part of the procedure. It is possible a surgeon might be able to preserve some of the structures, but close monitoring of babies growth would be a must if you try.

In brief: No
This could be a maby.
Most surgeons will tell you not to plan on breast feeding if you go thru the procedure because ductwork& nerves are disrupted. This is more a problem when a periareolar incision is part of the procedure. It is possible a surgeon might be able to preserve some of the structures, but close monitoring of babies growth would be a must if you try.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Pediatrics
In brief: No
Usually the surgery interferes with the mammary duct work.

In brief: No
Usually the surgery interferes with the mammary duct work.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
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Dr. Ralph Rosato
I disagree, most women that have breast reduction can still breast feed. Most techniques that reduce the breast will preserve the milk ducts to the nipple. If liposuction alone is used to reduce the breast then most assuredly you will still have the ability to breast feed. Be sure to discuss this issue with your surgeon.
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