Just because you choose to augment your breasts, does not mean that you cannot breastfeed anymore. The Medical Journal of Australia published a study, which proved that one in five women who have augmented breasts is either unwilling or unable to breastfeed. We spoke to a few experts to understand this issue.
Dr. Moraitis of Tampa and Palm Harbor, FL says that even though there is growing concern about breast augmentation affecting the ability to breastfeed, it is not likely that augmentation alone will hinder the ability to do so. Any inability to breastfeed may also depend largely on how the implants are placed; any surgical procedure performed on the breasts could potentially affect the ability to breastfeed.
For some patients, the breast tissue and milk ducts become stretched and undergo mild trauma during surgery, which could lead to problems later on. This issue is especially true when the placement of the implants is through an incision around the nipples. Additionally, for patients with short or small nipples who get large implants, nipple projection can be affected. This means that there isn’t enough breast tension making it difficult for the baby to latch on properly.
Conclusively, even though we discuss breastfeeding and other problems arising due to breast augmentation, when we study cases in reality, the chances of breastfeeding issues is not more common than in women who have not had implants.