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Can I Still Breastfeed After Breast Augmentation?

breast augmentation and breast feedingIt is a common misconception that breast implants can make it impossible (or at least difficult) to breastfeed. In the majority of cases, this just isn’t so. Women who have problems breastfeeding after a breast augmentation surgery are often those who have had a physiological issue beforehand that precludes them from breastfeeding normally. It’s been estimated that about 25 percent of women are less capable of breastfeeding than others, regardless of whether they have breast implants. This can be due to breast asymmetry, lack of glandular tissue, breasts that are spaced too far apart, or other issues. On the other hand, that indicates that about 75 percent of women are capable of breastfeeding. Depending on certain factors, there is typically no reason why these women shouldn’t be able to breastfeed after breast augmentation.

For patients who are concerned about their ability to breastfeed after breast augmentation, Dr. James E. Vogel can utilize specific incision and implant placement locations to minimize their effects on milk production glands. It is also important to note that the composition of the implants themselves and the materials inside them should not affect the breast milk, even in the rare event that an implant ruptures; however, it is always best to have a breast augmentation performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon in order to minimize risks and the potential for complications.

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Dr. Vogel will be happy to meet with you and answer your questions about breast augmentation. Please contact us today for more information, or to schedule a consultation.