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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?

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Dr. Tom Pousti
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Tom Pousti
Dr. Tom Pousti
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. Jeremy White
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jeremy White
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Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Worth a try

Get the help ofa lactation consultant (most hospitals have these now).
You have a good chance of succeeding.

In brief: Worth a try

Get the help ofa lactation consultant (most hospitals have these now).
You have a good chance of succeeding.
Dr. Steve Martinez
Dr. Steve Martinez
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Dr. David Serlin
Family Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. David Serlin
Dr. David Serlin
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