logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Breastfeeding Site

BellaOnline's Breastfeeding Editor

g

Breastfeeding and Breast Implants

Guest Author - Nicki Heskin

As breast augmentation, commonly known as a "boob job" or breast implants increases in popularity, the surgery has begun to play a significant role in breastfeeding rates throughout the U.S. and around the world. A generation ago, when breast surgery was rarer and the hazards of artificial baby milk (formula) were less understood, it may have been simpler to tell women that had augmentation to bottlefeed. But with implants now the most popular surgery in the United States (one statistics website said an augmentation is performed every 2 minutes!), with augmentations often taking place prior to childbearing, and with increased knowledge about the deficiencies in formula compared to breastmilk, this is simply unacceptable as a health care/public policy approach.

There are a number of surgical factors that influence ability to produce sufficient milk after breast implants. The most obvious one is the cutting of milk ducts. Interestingly though, after breast surgeries, milk ducts can regenerate. After breast reduction, for example, if more than 5 years have past, chances of breastfeeding have been shown to increase. But less obvious and just as important is the cutting of major nerves within the breast. Even if the milk ducts are largely undisturbed, there are messages that are sent from the nipple to the pituitary gland when the baby nurses that tell the body to produce milk. If this pathway from the breast to the brain and back again is cut, the stimulation message will not reach its destination. Another factor can be pressure placed by the implant on the milk producing tissue or the nerves, compressing the ducts and reducing supply or slowing or stopping nerve messages.

Certain types of surgeries and attention to preserving the breastfeeding supply and messaging systems can increase the odds of exclusive or partial breastfeeding success. Incisions around or across the areola (the dark area surrounding the nipple) are more likely to damage ducts or nerves. Submammary incisions (under the breast where the breast meets the chest) are less likely to cause problems with ducts -- but the surgeon must take care to try to avoid major nerves. Insertion of the implant through the armpit are even less likely to cause problems if nerves are avoided.

Placement of the implant can also have an impact. Augmenting in front of the chest wall, just behind the milk ducts is more likely to cause compression or interference. Implants placed completely or partially behind the chest muscle have better odds. Relative surgical risks of the different types of procedures and placements, however, need to be discussed with the surgeon, as different methods carry different risks aside from the risk or benefit to breastfeeding likelihood. But future effects on breastfeeding should be understood and discussed by both patient and doctor.

If breastfeeding is important to you, and the surgeon says "Oh, implants haven't been shown to affect breastfeeding," it might make sense to find a doctor that is more knowledgeable on this subject. While some women can breastfeed exclusively with no problems, certainly implants can have a negative effect on ability to nurse or to nurse without supplementation.

For information and guidelines for nursing with implants, see my related article "Breastfeeding with Breast Implants," linked below.


Disclaimer: All material on the BellaOnline.com Breastfeeding website is provided for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Although every effort is made to provide accurate and up-to-date information as of the date of publication, the author is neither a medical doctor, health practitioner, nor a Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). If you are concerned about your health, or that of your child, consult with your health care provider regarding the advisability of any opinions or recommendations with respect to your individual situation. Information obtained from the Internet can never take the place of a personal consultation with a licensed health care provider, and neither the author nor BellaOnline.com assume any legal responsibility to update the information contained on this site or for any inaccurate or incorrect information contained on this site, and do not accept any responsibility for any decisions you may make as a result of the information contained on this site or in any referenced or linked materials written by others.
This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Breastfeeding+and+Breast+Implants to Twitter Add Breastfeeding+and+Breast+Implants to Facebook Add Breastfeeding+and+Breast+Implants to MySpace Add Breastfeeding+and+Breast+Implants to Del.icio.us Digg Breastfeeding+and+Breast+Implants Add Breastfeeding+and+Breast+Implants to Yahoo My Web Add Breastfeeding+and+Breast+Implants to Google Bookmarks Add Breastfeeding+and+Breast+Implants to Stumbleupon Add Breastfeeding+and+Breast+Implants to Reddit




Breastfeeding with Breast Implants
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Breastfeeding Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Nicki Heskin. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Nicki Heskin. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.

g


g features
Breastfeeding and Scales

Breastfeeding Help Matters Why I Write

There are No Breastfeeding Nazis

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor