In your late teens or early twenties, you had your breasts enhanced with implants. Now that you are a bit older, and you’ve decided to have a baby, you need to know if you can still breast feed your baby with implants. This may also be a question that you need the answer to before you opt for breast augmentation, and for most women, it is an important question that demands an answer regardless of the situation if they are still in their child bearing years.
Do Breast Implants Interfere with Breastfeeding?
You can breastfeed safely with implants, but the experience will most likely be different than it would be without implants. Many women who have had a breast augmentation between children, where both children were breastfed, find that the nipple has a different level of sensitivity. Some experience greater sensitivity, which can cause pain during breastfeeding, while others experience less sensitivity, which can come with its own problems, such as not being able to feel the milk.
Is there a Preferred Type of Breast Implant for Breastfeeding?
Overall, breast implants do not interfere with breastfeeding. The type of surgery that you have, however, does make a difference. Many women want to know about the materials used in the implants and whether those materials have any effect on their ability to breastfeed, or on the health of their child.
The fact is that both silicone and saline implants are safe for breastfeeding. With that said, however, many women and some expert’s worry that silicone gel may leak into breast milk, which would be dangerous for a baby. Because of this, many women who plan to have children at some point will opt for saline implants instead of silicone implants. The truth, however, is that the molecules in the silicone implants are too large to actually pass over to contaminate breast milk.
The Worst Case Scenario in Breastfeeding with Implants
There is the possibility that you may not be able to breastfeed if you have implants, but this is largely determined by the type of surgery that you have when the augmentation is done. Ideally, the incision should be made under the breast or under the armpits if you want the option of breastfeeding.
If the incision is made around the nipple, your chances of being able to produce milk and breastfeed are greatly reduced, and it is vital that you talk to your surgeon about this prior to surgery.