BREAST FEEDING AFTER BREAST AUGMENTATION
“Can I breast feed after having breast surgery?” This is a question asked by many of my Orange County patients seeking breast augmentation.
This is a difficult question to answer. If you have never had children, there is no way to determine if you are able to breast feed in the first place.
If you have had children and produced a lot of milk, then there is a chance you will be able to breast feed after surgery, although the amount may be significantly less. If you had little or no milk, breast surgery will NOT increase the amount of milk production.
In patients who have not had children and do not require a breast lift, I prefer to make my incision under the breast fold (inframmamary fold). First, the incision is hidden from frontal view, and can only be seen if one looks underneath the breast. Second, by approaching the pectoralis muscle through this incision, I am avoiding the majority of breast tissue. Theoretically, since I am not cutting through breast tissue, the chance of damaging any milk ducts is minimized.
If you are considering breast augmentation and plan to have a child in the near future, and breast feeding is very important to you, my recommendation is to delay your surgery until your breast feeding is completed and your breast shape has stabilized.
Michael A. Jazayeri, M.D. is a board certified plastic surgeon with over 10 years of experience. Dr. Jazayeri is a member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons. His office is located in Santa Ana. To schedule a complimentary consultation, please call 714-834-0101.