Can I Still Breastfeed My Baby If I Get Implants?
One of the more common myths about cosmetic surgery to enhance the appearance of the breasts is that women cannot breastfeed a baby after breast augmentation surgery. This is an understandable, but unfounded fear, Cleveland cosmetic surgeons assure their patients.
During cosmetic surgery to enlarge the breasts, implants are placed behind the woman’s mammary glands where they do not interfere with milk production or the ability to nurse an infant. When breast augmentation surgery is performed by a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon, a woman’s breasts will function the same after surgery as they did before.
What women who have breast augmentation surgery often fail to realize is that implants do not offer protection against the normal impact breastfeeding has on the breasts.
Whether or not a woman has undergone breast augmentation surgery, the act of breastfeeding can stretch the breasts as they become engorged with milk and then deflate as the baby nurses. In some women, this repeated pattern of enlargement and deflation can overstretch breast skin and tissue, potentially causing the breasts to sag.
Sagging breasts are a common result of breastfeeding in both women who have undergone breast augmentation surgery and those who have not. Multiple pregnancies can make the problem more pronounced. Eventually, women with sagging breasts may want to consider a breast lift to raise breast height and improve appearance.
Breast augmentations and breast lifts are frequently requested by women who are undergoing Mommy Makeovers to repair the changes that result from pregnancy and nursing. To learn more, visit our website to download your free Mommy Makeover Guide today.