Most of the mothers often ask a common question that whether they still be able to breastfeed after going with breast implants. The answer to this question, as given by experts is, yes, i.e. women may continue to breastfeed even though they have breast implants. This depends mainly on exact type of implant, its implant, surgery location and the involved surgical method. Irrespective of your case, it is essential for you to discuss with your doctor/plastic surgeon.
Saline Type of Implants and Breastfeed
Many women underwent with saline implants may worry that chemicals present in the breast implants i.e. saline will mix with their breast milk. However, baby healthcare experts have concluded that mixing of saline with breast milk do not have any harmful effect and do not cause any harm to either of the baby or the mother.
Silicone Type of Implants and Breastfeed
A few breast implants contain silicone as a chemical. Healthcare providers opined that breastfeed containing silicone implants might not cause any harmful effect on your baby.
Breast Implant Surgery and Its Effects on Breastfeeding:
Incision Type during Surgery Post Breastfeeding
Incision across the areola i.e. dark circle of the nipple may cause damage of the nerves. Thus, the surgeons should essentially make incisions beneath the breast, in belly button or in armpit area. These incisions do not cause any damage or may cause less damage to the milk nerves, glands and ducts.
Implantation Areas and Breastfeed Ability
Surgeons may place breast implants in between the chest muscle and breast tissue. Even they may be beneath the chest muscle to avoid damage to the nerves and milk ducts. Implantation below chest muscle may not cause the entry of silicone into the breast milk. In this case, doctors may opt to make incisions with the help of fatty tissues present below the breast tissue to place the implants properly. In this manner, surgery helps in avoiding damage to the breast tissue largely.
What are the Common Breastfeeding Problems with Breast Implants?
Implant surgery may sometimes cause damages to your milk glands, milk ducts and nerves. Injured nerves may reduce your feelings across the nipple area and thereby, leads to reduction in the letdown response. This takes place, when milk glands release the milk to reach to the milk ducts, which remain available to the baby. Damaged milk ducts may further result in the reduction of the exact amount of milk produced by the breast. Implants may even pinch the milk ducts, create blockage in the milk flow and cause swelling breasts.
Identification of the Problem- Baby Receives Enough Breast Milk or Not
If your baby has approximately 3 to 4 movements of bowels and 6 or 8 wet diapers each day, you may feel relax by knowing that your baby is getting the breast milk in enough amounts for proper growth and development. In addition, you may be sure that your baby gets enough milk if it gains weight and breastfeeds for minimum 8 to maximum 12 times on a daily basis.
Ways to Resolve the Problem- Increase the Milk Supply to Feed the Baby
Doctors recommend for the usage of breast pump after you feed your baby each time. This helps you to stimulate the breasts to allow the formation of more milk. Breast pump may even help you in emptying your breasts properly and completely. Along with this, you should go for breast massage regularly, so that you may stimulate the breasts and increase the supply of milk. You should make a habit of feeding your baby for 8 to 12 times in a day to boost your milk supply.