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Can I breast feed if I get implants?

My answer to this question is ‘yes’.

An implant in and of itself does nothing to interfere with your breast’s function. The implant just sits there either under the breast or under the muscle. The breast is on top and should react to the hormones of pregnancy as expected.

The potential for problems with breast feeding comes from the insertion route. If the implant is placed thru an incision in the crease under the breast or thru the underarm, I don’t think there should be any problems. There is not really any milk producing breast tissue in these areas to disturb. Now, if the implant is placed through a nipple incision, some milk ducts will be disturbed and problems with breast feeding do become a reality. The chances of problems are fairly high in some studies so this route merits some thought by those considering more children.

My advice is to just stay off the nipple if you are contemplating breast feeding in the future. It’s that simple. The other two approaches are perfectly acceptable.

Lee Corbett, MD


All posts on this blog are by Louisville  Breast Augmentation surgeon, Dr. Lee Corbett.

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