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Will you still be able to breastfeed after having breast reduction surgery?

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Dr. Jeremy White
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

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.

In brief: Possibly

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.
Dr. Jeremy White
Dr. Jeremy White
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Dr. Tom Pousti
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe.

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 ( if planned in the near future). Best wishes.

In brief: Maybe.

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 ( if planned in the near future). Best wishes.
Dr. Tom Pousti
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Dr. Alex Lechtman
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Odds are..

Against it. Research suggests that between 33 & 45% of women will be able to breast feed after reduction (defined as breast getting for 6 weeks after birth) so the odds are more than half of patients will not be able too.

In brief: Odds are..

Against it. Research suggests that between 33 & 45% of women will be able to breast feed after reduction (defined as breast getting for 6 weeks after birth) so the odds are more than half of patients will not be able too.
Dr. Alex Lechtman
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2 comments
Dr. Linda Gromko
One of my patients used a book, "Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery," which she found very helpful. This might be worth a look before ruling out the experience. Amazon.com carries it. LGromko MD
Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
It also depends upon the technique used for the procedure. Talk to your surgeon.
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