In today’s time, the number of women opting for breast implant surgeries is rapidly increasing. With this, several concerns whether a woman with breast implant can still do breastfeed their little ones after giving birth.
Though a woman’s breast should be free of any surgeries especially implants if they want to have a child in the future because of the fact that there are risks that ducts and the nerves maybe damaged, studies say that a woman with implanted breasts can still perform breastfeeding. However, there are some things to consider before deciding to breastfeed your child if you have breast implants.
First is the place of your incisions. Your incisions may vary. If it goes across your nipples, there is a huge possibility that the nerves and the milk ducts were cut thus resulting to breastfeeding not working. However, common incisions are placed or made underneath the breasts or near to the armpits. This will save your milk ducts and nerves that are responsible for producing the milk the making breastfeeding still possible.
Next is if you could feel anything in your nipples. If there is a presence of sensation in your nipples, then it is a sign that your nerves in that area are working just fine. But, the sensation your nipples might not be present in the first two years after the breast implant, this should come back later and you will still be able to breastfeed.
Another factor to be considered is the area your implants was placed. Your implants might be located below the chest muscles or on top of the chest muscles. When the implant is below the chest muscles, breastfeeding is possible and this won’t have any effect at all. However, when it is placed on top of the muscles, its location is on your glandular tissue and can sometimes interfere with your milk production which results to a lower possibility of breastfeeding.
Lastly is the reason of your choice to have breast implants. When your reason is that you have small breasts and just want to have more volume in your chest area, then breastfeeding should not be a problem at all for you. However in some cases, women get implants not because they want to but are advised to do so. These women may have their breast tissue never developed, or their breasts are spaced far apart, or their breasts are in tubular shape, or the breasts could be asymmetrical. When these are the reason for breast implants, there is a high chance that you don’t have enough of the glandular tissues needed to produce milk for breastfeeding. If you are unsure of the details of your breast implants, ask the doctor who performed the breast implant surgery on you.
As mentioned, breastfeeding is not impossible even after breast implant. Some mothers or women may wonder whether the quality of the milk they are producing or about to produce may degrade, there is no scientific evidence of this concern. It is then concluded that the milk produced even with breast implant is safe for the babies, even if a leak in the implant packet occurs.
Breastfeeding after breast implant might be a little different compared to breastfeeding with any surgical history. When you have implants, the amount of your milk production could be limited thus you have to breastfeed a lot in the first few weeks so that your body could adjust and get the message that you need more milk for your little one. Doctors or anyone expert in the field might tell you to use a breast pump, much better if it is electric, for you to produce more milk than you could usually produce with the implants and at the same time, have your baby breastfeed directly from your breasts too. Breastfeeding successfully is actually possible even if full milk supply is not provided by certain ways. One is supplementing in ways that are supportive of breastfeeding such as using an at-breast supplementing device or bottles. Sadly, if you might still end up using formula milk for all or some of your baby’s milk times, keep in mind that she will get all the nutrition she needs from the formula milk. But, with a few smart moves, you can still share some snuggle time you both need.
Since most of the time breast implants are surgeries that are based on your personal choice, it is always best to have your breasts untouched if you plan on getting pregnant. Choosing not to do implants does not only save your body from the operation scars, but also save the future of your motherhood by not sacrificing the chance to give your little one the breast feed they really need.