Will breast implants affect breastfeeding?

No. Women with breast implants are encouraged to breast feed just as any other woman and most do so without a problem. Some women may experience difficulty with breast feeding for various other reasons. Although typically breast gland function is minimally affected by implant surgery, there can occasionally be scarring which may lead to added difficulty with breast feeding.
No reason not to try. It is possible, but there is no reason not to try breast feeding. I tell my patients not to plan on exclusively breast feeding, but, in my practice, most are able.
Probably not. The surgical technique can minimize the chances of decreased milk production. If incisions are made that disrupt milk ducts, milk production can be impaired.
Hard to say. Since some women who never had implants have trouble breast feeding it is hard to know. I've had patients successfully breastfeed after implant surgery but as a precaution I warn all women wanting implants that this is a risk.
Potentially. C video. It is more likely nursing will effect your breast implants than vice versa. (see my youtube video. However the surgical approach, particularly the periareaolar incision (nipple), may transect duts & diminish ability to nurse adn/or lactate. There have been some reports of leakage of silicone into the breast milk and while this is possible, studies show it is typically less than silicone in formula.

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Are you capable of breastfeeding your baby if you have breast implants?

Depends. Most of the time the answer is yes but it depends on the type of surgery done.
Most likely. It depends on how they were placed and what kind of incision was used for placing the implants. In general if the surgical scar is well removed from the breast tissue and the tissue was not disturbed much from the implant it should work ok. You'll just have to try, and if you have troulbe seek the advice of a lactation consultant.
It depends. Not all women can breastfeed. Breast implants themselves will not affect the ability to breastfeed; however, the surgical procedure to place them may disrupt some of the glands and ducts which allow one to breastfeed. Using an incision in the inframammary crease/fold will minimize the likelihood of a breast augmentation adversely impacting a woman's ability to breastfeed.
Usually. Not all women successfully breast feed-with or without implants. There are ways of doing the operation to minimize the risk of having trouble though. No implant surgeon will give you an iron-clad guarantee that you'll be able to breast feed after surgery though.
Usually yes. Small risk of inability to breast feed. More common with lifts and reductions than with augmentation.

If you have breast implants, can you still breast feed normally when you have a baby?

Most likely. Although the fda-approved literature regarding breast feeding after implants suggest that women with implants have difficulty with breast feeding, that has not been the experience in my practice. Over the past 28 years I have done many breast augmentations on women who have gone on the breast feed.
No reason not to try. Some women, even without having surgery, cannot breast feed at all. After any surgery on the breast (augmentation, reduction, lift, implants) there can be changes in the breast that alter the ability to breast feed. There is no reason that you cannot try. I tell all my patients that they try to bresat feed (if they choose to), but be prepared to supplement with bottles if needed.
Likely. The mere presence of breast implants shouldn't affect your ability to breast feed. The surgical technique employed to insert the implants may affect breast feeding, however, and this would be more dramatic if a breast lift is performed.
Breast feeding. Having breast implant surgery may affect your ability to breast feed, but this is unlikely. The implants are placed under the muscle or beneath the gland of the breast. Avoiding an incision through the "nipple" may also help. In general, if breast feeding is critical to you, perhaps wait until you are done having children and breast feeding before considering any cosmetic breast surgery.

Can women breast feed after having breast implants?

Breast feeding. Most women are able to breast feed after implants, but that can't be guaranteed.
Breast feeding. Absolutely, there is no contraindications to breast feeding after a breast augmentation.
80% Can. There is typically no contraindication with breast feeding after implant surgery. However, 10 -15% of woman may have difficulty with milk production. This statistic may be higher in woman who have had incisions around the nipple.
Most can. Depends on the position of the implant (above vs. Below the muscle) and whether you need lifting in addition to the implant. Make sure you ask your surgeon about your particular chances depending on what procedure you will undergo.
Majority. The majority of patients who undergo breast augmentation surgery are able to breast-feed successfully; the exact percentage of “diminished ability” is hard to determine given that some ladies are not able to breast-feed even without having had breast surgery in the past.

Can you still breast feed if you get breast implants?

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.
Usually. Any surgical approach that disrupts breast ducts, nerve or blood supply to the breast tissue itself can reduce the ability to breast feed. In general, the inframammary or periumbilical approach probably does the least damage to breast tissue. However, if breast feeding is extremely important to you, you need to know the risks and may want to consider waiting until after childbirth.
Breast feeding. The national studies show about 10% of women can not breast feed after having breast implants. Placing the implants underneath the muscle would disrupt the breast tissue and milk ducts less. Placing implants through the breast crease under the breast would also not disrupt the breast tissue making it likely that the patient would still be able to breast feed.
Depends. Remember that a small percentage of women cannot breast feed even without implants. While breast surgery does increase this risk, if you have not breast fed in the past, it is important to know that the inability to breast feed may not necessarily be due to the placement of breast implants.
Usually Yes. The vast majority of patients who undergo breast augmentation surgery are able to do so afterwards, regardless of the incision used.

Can it be possible for women with breast implants to breast feed?

Yes. Although a potential problem with any type of breast surgery is an interference with the ability to breast-feed, the majority of patients who undergo breast augmentation surgery are able to breast-feed successfully.
Yes but be informed. It is very safe but there are some concerns that I have addressed in the video link below. Http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=fybsihrevec;sns=em in fact it has been shown that women with silicone breast implants produce milk with less silicone than formula fed infants. There are other concerns about capsular contracture and ptosis which are discussed in the video.
Yes. Breast implants should not affect breastfeeding, although there is some thought that the size of the implant may impact volume of milk produced.

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

Probably. You should be able to breastfeed your child, but if the incision was sub-areolar, you might have scar tissure that can block some of your milk ducts. Although you will still be able to breastfeed, it could be difficult for you to produce enough milk to breastfeed exclusively. You will need to make sure to have the assistance of a good lactation consultant.
YES. You can breastfeed with having breast implants. Breastfeeding is highly recommended for your child to receive the best nutrition and immune support!
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.
Usually. It depends on why the implants were placed. Some women have the implants done because they had small breasts, which sometimes (rarely) is due to insufficient glandular tissue. What that means is that the breasts didn't develop normally and the structures used to make milk didn't develop. Otherwise, the surgery and the implants themselves don't usually present a problem.
Usually. The actual breast augmentation procedure should not alter your ability to successfully breast feed. There are some women who are not able to breast feed that have never had any surgery, so if you have already breast fed a child, this should not interefere.
Usually. Most women are able to breast feed after breast augmentation. It is completely safe for the baby.

If you have breast implants are you able to till breast feed your baby?

See below. You should be able to. The implants are normally placed under your breast tissue.
Usually yes but? 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.
You can try. Some women with or without breast implants are not able to produce enough milk to exclusively breast feed. Women with breast implants can try breast feeding; the surgery may or may not change their ability to produce enough milk, so I advise all my patients that they may have to supplement. There is no scientific evidence to my knowledge that women with implants should not breastfeed.
Most. Most patients who undergo breast augmentation surgery are able to breast-feed. However, any type of breast surgery is associated with a potential decreased ability to do so; exactly how much this decrease is it is hard to say given that some women are not able to breast-feed, even without having had breast surgery previously.

If you have breast implants, can you still breast feed your baby? Does it make your breasts look weird?

Yes. Breast implants themselves do not have a measurable effect on breastfeeding. How your breasts look during pregnancy is a matter of personal opinion, but pregnancy will stretch the skin and soft tissue, which does not always return to what it was before.
Yes and no. Yes you can breast feed and I encourage my patients to do so. Your breasts will change with pregnancy. How is anyone's guess.
You can try. Some women with or without breast implants are not able to produce enough milk to exclusively breast feed. Women with breast implants can try breast feeding; the surgery may or may not change their ability to produce enough milk, so I advise all my patients that they may have to supplement. This should not affect the overall results of how your breasts look after augmentation.
Usually yes. Breast implants can reduce your chances of being able to breastfeed by about 15-20%. Pregnancy and breast feeding can affect the appearance of your breasts with implants just as they can be affected if you did not have implants.
Yes but be informed. It is very safe but there are some concerns that I have addressed in the video link below. Http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=fybsihrevec;sns=em in fact it has been shown that women with silicone breast implants produce milk with less silicone than formula fed infants. There are other concerns about capsular contracture and ptosis which are discussed in the video.

Can women be breastfeeding mothers when they have breast implants?

Yes. Cosmetic implant placement should not impact the ability to breastfeed. The implants should be placed behind the chest wall (pectoralis) muscle for screening purposes to avoid trapping any glandular tissue behind the implant where it can't be felt or imaged with mammography. Typical incisions for cosmetic implants (inframammary, axillary) are away from the nipple complex.
Yes. Women can breastfeed after breast implants, particularly when the incision is away from the nipple and the implant is placed beneath the pectorals muscle. However, I would not recommend placing the implants during the time a mother is breastfeeding. I generally recommend that the mother stop breastfeeding for at least 6 months.
You can try. Some women with or without breast implants are not able to produce enough milk to exclusively breast feed. Women with breast implants can try breast feeding; the surgery may or may not change their ability to produce enough milk, so I advise all my patients that they may have to supplement. There is no scientific evidence to my knowledge that women with implants should not breastfeed.
Maybe. Most patients who undergo breast augmentation surgery are able to breast-feed. However, any type of breast surgery is associated with a potential decreased ability to do so; exactly how much this decrease is it is hard to say given that some women are not able to breast-feed, even without having had breast surgery previously.