If you have had breast augmentation prior to having children, you may wonder how breast implants will impact your ability to breastfeed. The good news is, likely not much at all. Of course, much of this depends on factors unique to your breast augmentation procedure, which is why it is important that you discuss your plans for future pregnancies with board-certified McLean plastic surgeon Dr. Roberta Gartside during your initial consultation.
Breast implants can interfere with breastfeeding in two primary ways: compressing milk ducts and changing nipple sensitivity. Fortunately, both of these things can be avoided by choosing implant incision and placement options more conducive to breastfeeding.
To help prevent the compression of milk ducts, Dr. Gartside may recommend submuscular implant placement. This placement option separates your implants from breast tissue (and ducts) with the chest muscles, helping prevent any impact to tissue and sensitivity. To further protect sensitivity, Dr. Gartside may recommend you avoid breast augmentation incisions around the nipple, opting instead for underneath the breast or through the armpit. All of these options will be discussed in greater detail during your initial consultation.
There are numerous benefits offered by breastfeeding for both mother and child. Cognizant of this, Dr. Gartside takes great care to protect nipple sensitivity and milk duct fluidity during all of the breast augmentation procedures she performs. To learn more or to schedule your initial consultation, please contact New Image Plastic Surgery Associates today. We maintain offices in Reston and McLean to better serve women living throughout Virginia and Washington, DC.