Most women are not sure whether they can, or even should, breastfeed after they have enhanced the size and shape of their breasts with implants. There are still various views on this dilemma and the answer depends on whom you ask.
A research study published in the Medical Journal of Australia showed that one out every five women who have undergone a breast augmentation are either unwilling or unable to breastfeed. We spoke with Dr. Mark Prysi of Naples, Florida to know what he thinks.
Dr. Prysi believes that the effects of augmentation on breast feeding are a concern in theory; however, in the absence of a breast lift, an augmentation procedure does not hinder your ability to breastfeed. Any problem with this ability could be the result of the placement of the implant. Dr. Prysi believes that any surgical breast procedure could affect breastfeeding and we may not even fully understand the reason for it.
Women may develop the inability to breastfeed in time due to the milk ducts and breast tissue becoming stretched. Any other trauma caused during or after surgery could also lead to potential issues later in time. This could be specifically true in cases where the implants were placed through PeriAreolar incisions or around your nipples. Additionally, in case you have short or small nipples, large implants can affect their projection. This reduces the tension on the breast which may make it difficult for the baby to latch on properly.
Even though it is common to talk about the risks of breast augmentation surgery; the study of actual incidences of issues with breast feeding prove that these are not more common than with those women without implants.