Breastfeeding after breast augmentation

Breastfeeding after breast augmentation

We also want to reassure women who ask me if breastfeeding with implants is safe. In women who have undergone breast augmentation and then become mothers, there is no danger because the material with which the implants are made, which is now guaranteed for life against complications such as capsular contracture and other problems, does not penetrate the breast ducts.

In conclusion, breastfeeding after breast augmentation surgery is not only possible, but does not compromise the result of the operation. There is no denying it: women who are considering breast augmentation and are planning a pregnancy in the future can only be reassured.

After the operation, it is possible to go through the difficult and emotional period of breastfeeding without any problems, which is very important for the health of the child and its relationship with the mother.

As the demand for cosmetic breast surgery increases and the age of those who undergo it decreases, the most frequently asked question remains:

Will I be able to breastfeed after a breast augmentation?

Planning a breast augmentation and doubts about one of the main functions of the breasts: it is in this scenario that important considerations arise.

The anatomy of the breast during the operation is respected and preserved, keeping the connection between the nipple and the mammary gland intact. And even if an incision is made around the areola, in order to make the scar invisible, the surgeon limits his action to the perimeter of the gland, leaving it intact and without cutting the milk ducts. The ability to produce milk is not affected in any way. However, there are a few precautions that should be taken into account when planning a pregnancy after breast augmentation surgery:

1) Massaging the nipple in the post-operative period: this may be uncomfortable in the first few days after surgery, but it helps to restore good nipple sensitivity. The surgeon will explain to the patient the best self-massage technique to achieve good results.

2) Choose breast implants of a size adapted to the patient's morphology. It is always a good idea to inform the surgeon of the possibility of a future pregnancy. Choosing implants that are too large could compress the duct, preventing the flow of milk.

3) It is necessary to have an ultrasound before breastfeeding: although the latest generation of implants are safe and made of materials that do not leak into the body, it is always a good idea to check their condition and carry out routine examinations to rule out the risk of complications.

- Is a problem such as mastitis more common after breast augmentation?

"Regarding mastitis, an infection of the mammary gland, experts say that the risk of contracting it is the same as for a woman with natural breasts. It is a fairly common problem in young women, especially when first breastfeeding. It is caused by bacterial infiltration and favoured by poor hygiene or stagnation of milk in the ducts. To prevent it, simply disinfect the teat after feeding.


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