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What Every Mom Has to Know Before Getting Breast Implants


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by Dr. Steven Wallach

Breast augmentation can enhance the size of your breasts and make it more appealing. However, if you are a breastfeeding mother, the procedure might cause certain effects on your ability to feed your baby with breast milk. It is an important thing to consider, so it is best to get the facts straight.

Will I be able to breastfeed if I have had breast augmentation?

Yes, you may be able to feed milk even if you have breast implants. Your ability to expel milk depends on the type of implant used, its placement in your breasts, and the technique applied during surgery. You might worry about mixing chemicals from your breast implants with your breast milk. However, many caregivers have seen no harm with saline water, a common breast implant filler, mixing with breast milk. Others may have silicone breast implants. In this case, it is best to consult your physician about the matter.

Will I experience breastfeeding problems if I have implants?

Placement of implants, which is done during breast augmentation, can damage the nerves as well as the milk ducts and milk glands of the breast. This can be characterized by a decrease in the sensations on your nipple area, which may lead to the reduction of your let-down reflex – your ability to release milk to make it available to your baby. When you have implants, these milk ducts may be pinched, causing a blockage in the flow of breast milk and swelling of your breasts.

Is my baby getting adequate amount of breast milk?

You will know if your baby is getting enough breast milk judging from his or her bowel movements each day. Generally, he or she is fed adequately if he or she has six to eight wet diapers and has moved bowel three to four times a day. Also, if your baby breastfeeds frequently throughout the day, preferably eight times or more, he or she is getting enough milk from your breasts. Your baby’s weight can also be an indicator of how well he or she is being fed. To determine if you are fit for breast augmentation and to get answers to whatever questions you have about the procedure, request a personal consultation with Dr. Wallach today by calling 212-861-6400 today. We look forward to hearing from you!

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