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Q&A: Can I Breastfeed With Implants?

I got breast implants when I was younger. Can I breastfeed now?
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Updated March 2, 2017
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Probably. If the incisions for your surgery were performed beneath the fold of the breasts or near your armpit, your chances of being able to breastfeed are good. If incisions were made around your areola, your milk production might be hindered, or your milk delivery system might be cut short — but it’s not necessarily impossible.

Many mamas are able to breastfeed with implants. Go ahead and give breastfeeding your best shot, keeping a close watch on baby’s weight gain and diaper output so that you can supplement if she isn’t getting enough milk.

If you’re concerned about the silicone in your breast implants, consider this: In scientific studies, no increased concentration of silicone was found in the milk of mamas with implants as compared to moms without implants. It’s even been shown that silicone does not diffuse from the breast tissue into the ducts in cases where an implant has ruptured.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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