Implants and Breastfeeding: Some Things to Consider

Breast augmentation

With breast augmentation being the most common plastic surgery procedure in the United Kingdom, perhaps the most important thing which women should consider before opting for implants at their favoured London breast clinic is the impact of the procedure with regards to breast feeding. While some women who choose to have their breasts enlarged do not intend to subsequently give birth, many young women who may well yet decide to experience the joys (and responsibilities) of motherhood decide upon breast implants.

Firstly, women who intend to have children and breastfeed in the near future should probably postpone a visit to a London breast clinic, since pregnancy and breastfeeding are likely to have an effect on the size and shape of their breasts. A lot of women choose to have their breasts lifted or augmented so as to improve their appearance after childbirth. If, however, motherhood is either not very likely or not imminent, but still a possibility, and the woman has decided to undergo the procedure, it is important that she discusses the matter with her surgeon.

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

According to an article by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discussing the risks associated with breast implants, the vast majority of women who undergo breast augmentation surgery can breastfeed successfully. However, there are occasions where women who have undergone breast surgery subsequently experience complications with nursing. Whilst a breast augmentation at a reputable London breast clinic is very unlikely to lead to such complications, the risks involved should be fully understood and discussed with the surgeon before any decision on surgery is reached.

With cosmetic surgery there is no one-rule-fits-all, and the ability of a woman to nurse following a breast augmentation procedure depends mainly on the type and extent of the  surgery performed, with incisions made under the fold of the breast or through the armpit being less likely to impede breastfeeding than incisions around the areola.

Undergone breast augmentation

One of the primary concerns of mothers who have undergone breast augmentation is whether the implants might have any effect on the milk itself. However, a study measuring levels of silicon did not indicate higher levels in breast milk from women with silicone-gel implants compared to women with no implants.

One potential problem with regards to breastfeeding might be some loss of sensitivity in the nipple which is a risk of the surgery. In addition, although the implants might not affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed in general, they might have some impact on the amount of milk she is able to produce. Of course, closely monitoring the weight of a newborn is essential regardless of whether a woman has had breast surgery or not.

Although it might be a good idea to postpone a visit to a London breast clinic if you expect to breastfeed in the near future, having breast implants does not usually mean that a woman will be unable to nurse her child. In any case, you should discuss the issue at length with your surgeon who will inform you about the potential risks and will perhaps adjust the augmentation technique (such as where to place the implants and where to make the incisions) if you have stated your intention to breastfeed at some point in the future.