Many women seeking breast augmentation are still in their childbearing years. Consequently a common question is “How will this affect my ability to breastfeed?”
Fortunately, the vast majority of women who undergo this procedure are still able to breastfeed.
Today the majority of breast implants are placed underneath the pectoralis major muscle. When this procedure is performed through an incision in the breast fold very little breast tissue is disturbed. Consequently it is unlikely that there will be any changes in the ability to breastfeed.
Many patients wonder if it is more likely to lose the ability to breastfeed if a periareolar incision is utilized. The periareolar incision is made in the border of the brown skin surrounding the nipple and the normal skin of the breast. When this incision is utilized it is more likely that some breast tissue will be disturbed. With that said however it is highly unlikely that it should affect the ability to breastfeed. Other less utilized incisions such as the armpit or the belly button are even less likely to cause problems with breastfeeding.
Considering the fact that some women will be unable to breastfeed, regardless of whether or not an implant has been placed, it is best to warn patients that it is possible that they will be unable to breastfeed after the procedure.