14 doctors weighed in:
Could you breastfeed after having breast reduction surgery?
14 doctors weighed in

Dr. Michael Beckenstein
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Whie no large clinical studies have been performed on this topic, the usual quoted rate for breast feeding is 50/50.

In brief: Yes
Whie no large clinical studies have been performed on this topic, the usual quoted rate for breast feeding is 50/50.
Dr. Michael Beckenstein
Dr. Michael Beckenstein
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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Actually, i have performed many of these surgeries and so far, none of my patients have been unable to breastfeed.
Dr. Steven Harris
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Usually not
This is the major reason we try to get women to wait until their family is complete to undergo breast reduction.
Some times this is not possible, as the back, neck and shoulder pain is so severe that waiting makes no sense. Occasionally, it is possible for a woman to breast feed after breast reduction, and to my knowledge, there is no harm in trying. The benefits to the child are well worth it!

In brief: Usually not
This is the major reason we try to get women to wait until their family is complete to undergo breast reduction.
Some times this is not possible, as the back, neck and shoulder pain is so severe that waiting makes no sense. Occasionally, it is possible for a woman to breast feed after breast reduction, and to my knowledge, there is no harm in trying. The benefits to the child are well worth it!
Dr. Steven Harris
Dr. Steven Harris
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possible
Yes, it is possible but it truly depends on the extent of resection, , possibility of nerve injury, the technique used.
Etc. It is also possible that you could not have been capable of nursing prior to breast reduction. I have performed breast reductions on several individuals who claim that nursing was difficult prior to surgery.

In brief: Possible
Yes, it is possible but it truly depends on the extent of resection, , possibility of nerve injury, the technique used.
Etc. It is also possible that you could not have been capable of nursing prior to breast reduction. I have performed breast reductions on several individuals who claim that nursing was difficult prior to surgery.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Unless the surgery is performed by removing the nipple and reattaching it, you should be able to breast feed.
However, it is likely that your milk production will be decreased to some extent.

In brief: Yes
Unless the surgery is performed by removing the nipple and reattaching it, you should be able to breast feed.
However, it is likely that your milk production will be decreased to some extent.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Often
Many women can breast feed after breast reduction surgery, but not all.
If you require a free nipple graft you won't be able to.

In brief: Often
Many women can breast feed after breast reduction surgery, but not all.
If you require a free nipple graft you won't be able to.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
In brief: Yes
Not usually a problem.

In brief: Yes
Not usually a problem.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Brian Klink
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Maybe
I tell my patients that they will probably not be able to breast feed after a breast reduction.
However, if a large amount for breast tissue is left connected to the nipple and ducts, it is possible.

In brief: Maybe
I tell my patients that they will probably not be able to breast feed after a breast reduction.
However, if a large amount for breast tissue is left connected to the nipple and ducts, it is possible.
Dr. Brian Klink
Dr. Brian Klink
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