It’s not unusual for patients who have undergone breast augmentation to become pregnant. When this happens, they’re always concerned about their ability to breast feed their newborn child. The vast majority of breast augmentation patients are able to breast feed but there are several important considerations.
It’s important to realize that not every woman has the potential to breast feed and that some procedures can adversely impact the ability to bread feed. When periareolar incisions are performed, the ductal system has the potential to be impaired. Breast reduction and lift procedures can significantly disrupt the ductal system as well. Despite these exceptions the majority of patients have no difficulty breast feeding.
It’s also important to realize that there’s no scientific data to suggest that breast feeding in the presence of breast implants harms a newborn child. For this reason, breast implants don’t represent a contraindication to breast feeding.
Breast aesthetics can be adversely impacted by breast feeding. In many cases, patients lose breast volume and develop breast sag. These changes can occur with or without breast implants and may eventually require revision surgery.
Despite these changes, the vast majority of women find breast feeding to be a gratifying experience that helps the developing relationship between mother and child.