One of the most common questions asked prior to breast augmentation surgery is “will I be able to breast feed?”
Many women debate upon whether to get breast augmentation before or after childbirth. Whilst this is a personal decision to make, it’s important to understand how surgery can effect childbirth and breast feeding.
Does Breast Augmentation mean that you won’t be able to breast feed?
Many women post-surgery find that they are able to breast feed their baby. In any circumstance, whether an expectant mother has had surgery or not, they will often fall into one of the following categories:
"Among women who provide breast milk, women with breast augmentation are no more or less likely to exclusively breast milk feed their infants," says Associate Professor Christine Roberts, lead researcher from the Kolling Institute and the University of Sydney.
Does the chosen incision point of breast augmentation surgery matter when it comes to breast feeding?
Whilst there are no hard and fast links to breast augmentation and being unable to breast feed, the incision points under the breast fold or via the armpit are less likely to affect the areola than the trans areolar route where some of the ducts to the nipple are invariably cut. The incision choice will vary with each patient and your surgeon can discuss each option with you.
Can breast augmentation surgery complications effect breast feeding?
Whilst many women with breast augmentation can successfully breast feed, it is important to remember to follow your surgeon’s post-surgery care instructions to avoid any complications.
Capsular contracture, haematoma formation, infection or pain may reduce the ability or desire to breastfeed.
If you are worried about how your breast surgery will affect your chances of breast feeding please ensure that you speak with your surgeon about the matter during your consultation. We’ve also compiled a list of further questions to ask your surgeon here, during your breast augmentation consultation. (link)
If you are looking to book a breast augmentation consult in Perth, Dr Mark Hanikeri is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Subiaco, Western Australia.
Mark has had over 15 years experience as a specialist in cosmetic surgery of the body, breast and face and the “Specialist Plastic Surgeon” title can only be used by surgeons in the recognised Specialty of Plastic Surgery.
To book a consultation with Dr Mark Hanikeri please call 08 9380 0311.
LATEST NEWS UPDATE
Statement in response to media coverage on the Medical Journal of Australia’s paper on Breast implant associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA- ALCL)