If you are considering having breast augmentation surgery and you think you may want to have children in the future, it is important to consider whether you plan to breastfeed your children or not. Many women who have had breast augmentation surgery successfully breastfeed their children after the surgery. However, the surgery can affect your ability to breastfeed and what techniques you use to breastfeed. Below are some point to discuss with your surgeon before the procedure.
Many Women Who Elect to Have Breast Augmentation Surgery May Have Had Insufficient Glandular Tissue Before the Surgery
Some women who have breast augmentation surgery do struggle to produce milk after the surgery, but it is important to realize that in many cases, this is not caused by the surgery. Rarely during a breast augmentation does a surgeon remove healthy breast tissue. However, if you are electing to have breast augmentation surgery, it may be because you have common breast tissue problems that would naturally make it difficult for you to produce milk. Tubular shaped breasts, breasts with extra space between them, and asymmetrical breasts all indicate that you may have problems breastfeeding in the future, whether you have breast augmentation or not.
The Incision Placement May Effect Your Ability to Breastfeed
The part of the surgery that most impacts your ability to breastfeed is the placement of the incision. Often, the incision is placed around the areola in order to reduce visible scarring. Unfortunately, this can sever nerves and ducts that are a critical part of breast feeding. If you think you may want to breastfeed in the future, it is important to consider an alternative incision point, such as below the breast, in the armpit, or through the belly button.
Breastfeeding, Even In Small Amounts, Can Be Beneficial to Your Baby
Even if you are unable to produce enough milk to feed your baby solely breast milk, feeding your baby small amounts of breast milk in addition to formula can be beneficial to your baby. Even small amounts of breast milk will help boost your child's immune system during their early months. Because of this, you may want to try breastfeeding or pumping even if you have glandular problems that may limit your supply.
If you plan to have kids, you should discuss breastfeeding in depth with your surgeon before you decide on the best type ofbreast augmentation surgery for you.