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Breastfeeding After Implants: What To Expect

  Breastfeeding is the most natural thing any mother can do for their growing baby. Breast milk has all the natural and essential nutrients needed to help your baby grow. Sometimes, moms who have had breast implants fear they might not be able to give their child the one thing they need the most. So is it possible to breastfeed after breast implants? The answer is a yes! You can absolutely breastfeed your baby after breast augmentation but it all greatly depends on the placement of your implants and the type of surgery you went through. Obviously, before attempting to breastfeed your baby, it is advisable to first talk with your doctor to get a better understanding of what to expect.

WHAT TO EXPECT

There is evidence that breast augmentation could damage milk ducts and milk glands. The pressure of the implants might cause damage to breast tissue. Injured nerves can also decrease feeling around the nipple area and this might in turn, reduce your let down response. If you have damaged milk ducts, this can significantly decrease the amount of milk your breast can make. Implants can sometimes also block milk ducts which will cause your breast to swell and becomes very painful. Ouch!

TYPE OF SURGERY

Some breast implants are made of silicone and others are made with saline. After you give birth, your nipples may be more sensitive or less so depending on the woman. Breast incisions made underneath the breast or through the armpit should not cause any problems when it comes to breastfeeding. Incisions made around the areolas might cause some sensitivity issues. Silicone or saline based implants are safe for breastfeeding and will not tamper with your milk production or with the health of your baby but remember, each mother's body is very unique and will not react in different ways.

WHAT TO DO

You won't know until you try, so before you begin to freak out, first try to nurse your baby to see if there are any issues with nursing. If you are not producing as much milk as you would like, try using a pump to see if that makes a difference. If you fear your baby isn't getting enough milk, you might want to switch to formula for the time being.

WHEN TO WORRY

It's time to pay a visit to your doctor when you or your baby begin to experience any of the following.
  • When are not producing enough milk for your baby
  • If you feel a lump on your breast
  • When your baby isn't gaining any weight. Be sure to visit your doctor so he/she can monitor the development of your baby.
  • When your baby isn't getting any bowel movement 3-4 times daily
  • If your baby has less than 6 wet diaper daily after four or more days
  • If your baby breastfeeds less than 8 times daily
  • If your nipple hurts during or in between feeding
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