Myth Or Fact? Debunking Common Myths About Breastfeeding After Breast Surgery

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Myth Or Fact? Debunking Common Myths About Breastfeeding After Breast Surgery

Most Women Are Able To Safely And Successfully Breastfeed After Breast Surgery

There are a lot of misconceptions about breastfeeding after breast surgery. Many women fear they won’t be able to breastfeed after having breast surgery, but this usually isn’t true. At Hyde Park Cosmetic Surgery Center we are committed to educating our patients. We always provide all the information our patients need to make a well-informed decision about what procedures are right for them. In this post we are going to set the facts straight about some common myths associated with breastfeeding and breast surgery.

Myth #1: You Can’t Breastfeed If You Have Had Breast Augmentation

One of the most common myths about breastfeeding after breast surgery is that women with breast implants can’t breastfeed. Medical studies have been done to compare the ability to breastfeed in women with and without breast implants. These studies have found no significant difference in the ability of one group of women to breastfeed over the other.

Myth #2: Breast Implants Are Dangerous To Baby’s Milk

Another common myth about breastfeeding after breast augmentation is that the breast implants make the mother’s breast milk dangerous to the baby. Breast implants are thoroughly tested and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Additionally, medical studies have found there is no risk of leakage from saline or silicone breast implants into a mother’s breast milk supply.

Myth #3: Breastfeeding After Breast Surgery Will Ruin The Appearance Of Your Breasts

Because of changes in hormones and weight during pregnancy and breastfeeding it is normal for women to see changes to the appearance and shape of their breasts. This is also the case for women who have previously had breast surgery. Breastfeeding in itself does not have an impact on the results of prior breast surgery. However, additional surgery may be needed to make corrections to the appearance of the breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding. This is particularly true in women who have multiple pregnancies. Many women who have previously had breast augmentation find that their breasts return to their pre-pregnancy size and shape once they stop breastfeeding.

Fact: Individual Factors That Lead To Breast Surgery & The Placement Of The Incision Can Affect Breastfeeding

While this post has been about dispelling myths about breastfeeding after breast surgery, it is important to discuss that some women are not able to breastfeed after breast surgery. The original factors that lead you to choose to have breast surgery may impact your ability to breastfeed after breast surgery. Additionally, incisions made around the nipple tend to lead to an increased risk in severed nerves around the nipple and loss of nipple sensation, which can affect the ability to breastfeed. It should also be noted that some women will have difficulty with breastfeeding or will have limited breast milk supply even if they have not had breast surgery.

Tampa’s Best Breast Plastic Surgeon Helps Women Decide Which Procedures Are Right For Them

If you are considering breast surgery and plan to become pregnant in the future, it is important to discuss this with your plastic surgeon. Dr. Rieger is a board-certified plastic surgeon and will discuss breast surgery options that will limit your risk of not being able to breastfeed in the future. If you are considering breast surgery contact Hyde Park Cosmetic Surgery Center today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Rieger. You can call us at (813) 254-7600 or contact us online.