The Effects of Breast Implants on Milk Production

Question:
I am a woman who has been considering receiving breast implants surgery from a surgeon. Before I undertake this endeavor, however, I want to ensure that I will still be able to safely breastfeed if I decide to have children. What are the effects of breast augmentation on milk production and a mother’s overall ability to breastfeed safely?

Breastfeeding with implants

Answer:
For those who are concerned about the safety of their milk after receiving breast implants, mothers can rest assured that children who receive milk from mothers with implants are at no risk for ingesting dangerous amounts of silicon or for suffering any adverse effects. One noteworthy effect of breast augmentation, however, is an increased risk for lactate insufficiency.

When breastfeeding an infant, one of the most common complications that mothers may encounter is the inability to produce ample amounts of milk. Although this issue, known as lactate insufficiency, is not exclusive to patients who have underwent a breast implant surgery, multiple research studies have found that subjects who had received any form of breast surgery were roughly three times more likely to suffer from this ailment. Although the chances are not extremely high, this increased risk is still noteworthy.

In the event that a female is unable to produce an optimal amount of milk, it is common for mothers to supplement her own natural milk with an infant formula. These infant formulas have been specifically designed to mimic the properties of real human milk as much as possible, making them effective for fulfilling the nutritional needs of a growing child.

Based on the website Breast Implant Info the Institute of Medicine (IOM) said that breast surgeries including augmentation may cause inadequacy of milk supply at least three times. This equals to the statement from plastic surgery guide that breast augmentation like other cosmetic surgeries carry risks and complications. So for questions about getting breast implants before your pregnancy or issues about your implants associated to low milk supply it is always best to seek for answers only from board certified plastic surgeons and International board certified lactation consultants (IBCLC) that have studied the topic extensively.

Special thanks to Lance Hugh of ISG, for sharing this article with us.

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