One of the biggest myths that keep women from seeking breast augmentation is not being able to nurse their baby someday. Many women believe that if they receive implants, the breasts will not be able to produce milk. This is untrue in most cases.
The International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that 94 percent of new mothers who had breast augmentation were able to breastfeed their babies.
It is important to know that milk supply may be limited with at least the first baby. It has to do with the amount of glandular tissue present before the surgery. Women who do not have a lot of glandular tissue will likely have issues with milk supply, even without an augmentation.
Other risk factors that can affect milk production are breasts that are:
- Widely spaced
These risk factors along with augmentation are what can significantly decrease milk production in certain cases. Unfortunately, many women are not made aware of these factors beforehand.
How to Preserve Milk Production and Supply
The good news is that women without these risk factors are usually able to breastfeed with minimal difficulties. Severing ducts and nerves during the surgery has only a small effect on milk production.
Surgeons who know a woman wants to breastfeed someday and know how to perform an augmentation that will have the least impact on milk production and flow will help a woman have the best chance of nursing in the future.
The following are some of the ways to reduce the effect of augmentation on breastfeeding:
- The location, orientation, and the extent of the incision affect how much milk is produced in the breasts.
- The surgeon can cut around the areola, rather than near the armpit or under the breasts. This limits nerve disruption.
- Placing the implant under the glandular tissue also matters. Keeping the tissue free from the implant will ensure milk flow isn’t obstructed.
It is important to choose an experienced breast surgeon in New York City or Long Island who can raise your chances of breastfeeding successfully after an augmentation.
Our experienced team understands how important breastmilk is to a growing baby, and they want to help all women who want to nurse someday to protect their production abilities.
With a free consultation in one of our offices, you can ask questions about future breastfeeding and breast augmentation (implants or reduction). We have a location in Manhattan and another in Commack for your convenience. Appointments are available Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and until 6:00 PM on Saturdays.
We look forward to helping you achieve the look you want, while preserving one of your body’s most cherished functions – producing liquid gold for your baby.