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

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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?

Yes, . Yes, it is possible to breast feed after reduction mammoplasty(breast reduction). There can be some complications that may make breast feeding more difficult however. Obviously there is less gland tissue to produce milk which may affect your supply. But as long as the nipple apparatus wasn't damaged and there is some tissue to produce milk, you should still be able to breastfeed. I would recommend speaking to your obgyn if you are pregnant or seeking out a lactation consultant to examine your breasts and help evaluate your chances for success and give you specific tips once the baby is born. Many hospitals have lactation consultants on staff to help new moms with feeding. Either way, it is worth trying to breast feed as there are many benefits to both mom and baby from breastfeeding. And the best advice i can give is to be patient and persistant. Breast feeding is new for moms and new for the baies and both need time to learn how to do it well and for mom's milk to come in (2-5 days) after delivery. Read more...
Possible. More than likely, you will be able to breast feed after a breast reduction. It is difficult to say what percentage of women won't be ale to breast feed after a breast reduction because a certain percentage of women cannot breast feed even without surgery. Read more...
Worth a try. Get the help ofa lactation consultant (most hospitals have these now). You have a good chance of succeeding. Read more...
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...
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...

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...

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

Depends... Most patients undergo breast reduction surgery are able to breast-feed. However, much will depend on the specific technique utilized. Generally, breast reduction surgery is one of the most patient pleasing operations performed when done for patients presenting with the common symptoms of neck, back, shoulder discomfort. Seek consultation with board certified plastic surgeons more precise advice. Read more...
Usually. Most breast reduction surgeries will maintain the mothers ability to breast feed. However if a large reduction is required than function may be lost. Your surgeon should be able to tell you which procedure youl will require. Even if function is preserved some mothers are not able to successfully breast feed. But you could pump and use you milk to feed the baby. Read more...
Usually. With the exception of the free-nipple graft method, most other methods of breast reduction will allow breast feeding in the future, to a variable extent. Best to discuss with your surgeon for more details. Read more...
Most likely. Though scar tissue can interfere with lactation, most women can go on to breast feed after a reduction or lift. 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...

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

Should be. Breast reduction surgery may limit your ability to breast feed and therefore it is important that you are aware of that possibility. However, many women are still able to nurse successfully after breast reduction surgery. Read more...
Yes. You should still have normal function after you recover from the surgery. Read more...
Possibly. Most likely yes, however, any breast surgery as extensive as a breast reduction can interfere with future breast feeding as well as nipple sensation. We also don't even know if you were able to breast feed before you had surgery as many women are unable to breast feed. Please discuss this with your surgeon prior to having the procedure. Be well. Read more...
Probably. There is a chance that the ducts will be disrupted and you won't be able to breast feed. Read more...
Sometimes. Although breast reduction surgery is one of the most patient pleasing operations performed, it is associated with the potential inability to breast-feed. Much will depend on the exact procedure performed. Therefore, statistics will vary. Sometimes, it is best to avoid the procedure until after pregnancy ( is planned in the near future). Best wishes. 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...

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

Not really. You can still breast feed. Typically unless abnormally large, they lift the areole and nipple but do not make them smaller. Read more...
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...
Breast Reduction. During breast reduction surgery the nipple areola complex will be reduced to an appropriate size. Breast feeding in the future may be affected. Read more...
Yes & possibly. Nipples are often reduced and lifted. 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...
Your choice. Yes, usually during a breast reduction surgery, the nipple areola skin is made smaller. That is the pigmented skin around your nipple. However, usually the actually nipple is not reduced. A nipple reduction can be performed as a separate procedure. Also, the rates of breast feeding usually does not change after breast reduction 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...

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

Yes.But. After breast reduction if you become pregnant your breast will get larger during pregnancy as before.But whether you will be able to breast feed is another story.Sometime patients report that they have been able to breast feed.And if you breast feed , certainly breast will enlarge and may sag too. Read more...
Grow not regenerate. First it is difficult to say of you will be able to lactate although it is very possible as long as the ducts were not transected. The residual breast tissue will respond to hormones and grow but will likely demonstrate onvolutional atrophy returning close to pre pregnancy size upon cessation of lactation. Read more...
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...

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

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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...
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. Read more...