The ability to breastfeed is important to many mothers-to-be as more and more women choose to feed their newborn infants natural breast milk over synthesized formula. While it’s best to wait until you’ve finished having children to undergo breast augmentation, simply having breast implants shouldn’t prevent you from growing your family and breastfeeding your kids.
August was National Breastfeeding Month, and our plastic surgeon in Orlando wants to shed some light on some of the common misconceptions about breast implants and a woman’s ability to breastfeed including:
1. It’s Impossible for Women with Breast Implants to Breastfeed
Most women with breast implants go on to breastfeed without difficulty. There are multiple options for breast augmentation such as the type of implant (saline or silicone), implant placement and the incision site for the procedure. If the periareolar incision (around the nipple) is used, you could experience loss of nipple sensation and nerve damage, which may make it difficult to breastfeed. Implants positioned beneath the pectoral muscle using an incision through the armpit or under the fold of the breasts will have the least impact on breastfeeding abilities. However, breast augmentation may affect how much milk you’re able to produce.
2. Breast Implants are Toxic to Breast Milk
Breast implants are made of silicone or saline, and both are FDA-approved. Some women are concerned materials in their implants will leak into breast milk, but this is highly unlikely to occur, even in the event of an implant rupture. Additionally, there’s no evidence that implant presence will harm a breastfed baby. Saline implants are filled with salt-water, and healthcare professionals feel that if saline were to seep into breast milk, it would still be safe. Silicone is not easily absorbed and is unlikely to interfere with the health of a baby breastfeeding as well.
3. Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Cause Implants to Change in Shape or Sag
Women with breast implants or who are considering breast augmentation may think that breast implants lead to misshapen or sagging breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding, but this effect is actually caused by hormones and impacts the breast tissue and glands themselves. A breast lift can correct this sagging effect once you’ve completed breastfeeding and your breast tissue has returned to normal.
There are many reasons a woman may not be able to breastfeed, and breast implants are rarely the cause. However, the plastic surgeon you choose will have an enormous impact on your results and your breastfeeding options. Make sure you go with a board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure you reach your aesthetic goals safely without damaging your breast glands, nerves and milk ducts.
If you’re interested in breast augmentation, please contact Dr. Hartog in Orlando today at 407-678-3116 to discuss your breast surgery options. Our board-certified plastic surgeon serves clients in Orlando, Winter Park and surrounding Central Florida areas.