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Will scarring on my nipples affect my ability to breastfeed?

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In brief: No

It depends. Some women with previous breast surgeries or breast trauma can breast feed their babies fine, others can breast feed a little but need to supplement with formula to make sure the baby gets enough calories, and some women can't breast feed.
Remember that every drop of breastmilk has health benefits for your baby, but there are also lots of formula fed babies who are healthy and happy.

In brief: No

It depends. Some women with previous breast surgeries or breast trauma can breast feed their babies fine, others can breast feed a little but need to supplement with formula to make sure the baby gets enough calories, and some women can't breast feed.
Remember that every drop of breastmilk has health benefits for your baby, but there are also lots of formula fed babies who are healthy and happy.
Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Dr. Barry Cohen
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Probably

Not, but there is no way to tell until you try.
It depends upon the desgree of scar in the ducts attached to the nipple.

In brief: Probably

Not, but there is no way to tell until you try.
It depends upon the desgree of scar in the ducts attached to the nipple.
Dr. Barry Cohen
Dr. Barry Cohen
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Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: It may

Scarring that blocks milk ducts will cause trouble breast feeding.

In brief: It may

Scarring that blocks milk ducts will cause trouble breast feeding.
Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
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Dr. Jerome Yaklic
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: No

It is possible that scarring of the nipples from prior surgeries or trauma could have a negative impact on breastfeeding, but most of thie time it does not cause any problems.
If you are having problems or have questions consult your health care provider or a certified lactation consultant in your area.

In brief: No

It is possible that scarring of the nipples from prior surgeries or trauma could have a negative impact on breastfeeding, but most of thie time it does not cause any problems.
If you are having problems or have questions consult your health care provider or a certified lactation consultant in your area.
Dr. Jerome Yaklic
Dr. Jerome Yaklic
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