Motherhood: Can You Still Breastfeed With Implants?

breast implantsWhen it comes to getting breast implants, many women claim they want to wait until after they have kids so that they will be able to breastfeed. However, as a common myth associated with getting breast implants, if done right, you should have no problem being able to nurse with implants. Read on to learn more.

You Should Be Fine

Whether you have or are going to get saline, silicone, or gummy bear implants, you shouldn’t have a problem with your ability to breastfeed later on down the line. Because getting breast implants doesn’t involve your milk ducts or your body’s ability to produce milk, there really isn’t an inherent issue that you will run into.  However, incision choice matters, an incision choice around the nipple can result in injury to mild ducts.

Potential Problems While Nursing

One of the biggest problems that many breastfeeding moms with implants run into is their lack of nipple sensitivity. Sometimes after women get breast implants, they lose much of their feeling and stimulation in their nipples, which may not be a big deal at first, but when they start to breastfeed they can run into problems with their baby being able to latch. If you have breast implants and don’t have much feeling in your nipples, be sure to tell your pediatrician so that they can keep an extra close eye on your baby’s weight in order to ensure they are getting all of the proper nutrients needed.

Another problem that you might run into while nursing is that your breast may become too enlarged which may make it more difficult for your baby to latch onto. If you are having this problem, try to pump for a few minutes before feeding your baby in order to help bring the engorgement down a notch.

If you have or are considering getting breast implants but are worried about your ability to be able to breastfeed, you are not alone. However, if done properly and as long as you don’t have any health problems, you shouldn’t have a problem feeding your child. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Utah plastic surgeon Dr. York Yates today!