BREASTFEEDING AFTER BREAST AUGMENTATION
Whether or not you’ll be able to breastfeed your baby after breast augmentation depends on a number of factors. There is no denying that breastfeeding is totally possible after the surgery. The condition of your breasts before the surgery is vital in predicting how much milk you can feed your baby after breast augmentation.
If you have small breasts, there is a likelihood that your milk production may go down. There are also some types of breasts, irrespective of their sizes,that can experience a drop in milk production after breast augmentation.
For example, tube-shaped and widely distanced breasts are more likely to see decrease in milk production after the surgery. Underdeveloped breasts and irregular breasts also exhibit the tendency to produce less milk after breast augmentation surgery. When there is small glandular tissue to start with, your breastfeeding ability can substantially decrease even prior to the breast augmentation procedure.
It has been noted that most surgeons tell their patients that breast augmentation will not affect their breastfeeding capability, or that the lack of enough glandular tissue may decrease their milk production. The reality is otherwise. During the breast augmentation surgery, your milk ducts or nerves may be affected, resulting in a drop in your breastfeeding capability or milk production.
Furthermore, the placement of implant, and the site, alignment, and degree of the incisions play a part in determining your breastfeeding capability after the surgery. In order to reduce scarring, your plastic surgeon may create incisions in less noticeable areas of your breasts such as the areola or the infra-mammary crease. This will, in turn, decrease the nerve sensation to the nipple and areola, resulting in drastic decrease in milk discharge. This condition can even negatively affect your milk production capability.
An implant placed directly underneath the breast tissue will exert force on the tissue or physically obstruct milk ejection from the breast. This condition can keep you from breastfeeding your baby to the full capacity, and gradually your milk production may decrease. On the other hand, when a breast implant is situated under the chest wall or muscle, you will be able to breastfeed your baby without any significant problem.
When it gets enough blood supply and space for growth, the mammary gland delivers optimum performance. When the breast augmentation procedure results in increased pressure on the mammary glands, milk production significantly decreases. You must also discuss the location of the incisions with your surgeon in advance. If you want to retain your breastfeeding capability to the fullest, incisions away from the nipple are highly recommended.
However, if breastfeeding is not an issue for you, you may want to consider the incision around the nipple, because your breasts will appear aesthetically beautiful after the surgery. The incisions will also be less visible around the areola.
There is also a myth about breast augmentation that the implants will leak and contaminate the milk during breastfeeding. This is incorrect. There is absolutely no risk of the implant leaking into the milk. In case of a rupture of a silicone implant, the gel will not seep out, but will stick together. If a saline implant ruptures, your body will naturally absorb and expel the salt solution,which is completely safe for your health.
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