Is it possible to breast feed if I have had a 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.
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.
Most likely. Though scar tissue can interfere with lactation, most women can go on to breast feed after a reduction or lift.
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.
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.

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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...

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...

Could you breastfeed after having breast reduction surgery?

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. Read more...
Yes. Whie no large clinical studies have been performed on this topic, the usual quoted rate for breast feeding is 50/50. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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! Read more...
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. Read more...

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

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

Can women breast feed after having a mammaplasty (breast reduction) done?

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