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Breast Implants and Breastfeeding

One of the most frequent questions asked by women is whether they can breastfeed after having an implant put into the breasts. Some of them hesitate thinking it might be harmful or even painful. However, here is the fact: women with breast implants claimed breastfeeding was a lot easier and more pleasant than when they did it before. Scientific research is also on the side of breastfeeding with implants inside: there is no harm in it at all.

Before, it was thought breast enhancement surgery meant the woman would never be able to breastfeed a child, and the usual clients were women who either had children or were not going to have them at all. This trend has changed over the years and today more and more patients are women who have become pregnant or are going to conceive.

The year 1992 brought serious fears to those who were especially preoccupied with the implant safety. The information that appeared in the newspapers said that the molecules of silicone were way too big to pass through milk ducts and therefore could simply clog them!

Later on, they stopped using silicone in breast implants and started using saline solution instead. Even if we imagine the solution could theoretically leak into the milk, it wouldn't be harmful for the baby.

Another issue that concerns many people is the way of putting in the implant. Some say the best way is to place it under muscles to make sure the peri-aerolar incision doesn't happen. In this way, it is said there is no way the implant will somehow interfere with the mother’s milk duct and get into milk. This doesn't mean that if the implant is placed otherwise some harm will be done - these are just theories and a matter of personal preferences.

It's crucial that you consult your doctor before making up your mind about the surgery. You should also discuss the issue of breastfeeding with the surgeon who is going to perform the operation. Even if you have no plans in the near future to have a child and breastfeed, it will never hurt to know a bit more about it.

The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends breastfeeding as the only natural and healthy way of feeding your baby.

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