Though seemingly straightforward, this is actually a loaded question asked by many women considering breast augmentation with implants. What many people don’t realize is that a small percentage of the female population is unable to breastfeed regardless of whether or not they’ve undergone breast augmentation. This lesser-known fact plays a large role in the misbelief that implants affect one’s ability to breastfeed, as some individuals who haven’t attempted breastfeeding prior to augmentation may wrongly attribute their inability to do so after surgery to the presence of implants.
With this in mind, the question now becomes: “If I am capable of breastfeeding before augmentation, will breast implants affect my ability to breastfeed after the procedure?” Fortunately, as long as you are capable of breastfeeding in the first place, the presence of breast implants should not affect your ability to breastfeed. (This is assuming the breast augmentation procedure is conducted both safely and effectively by a board-certified plastic surgeon.)
The technique Dr. Broumand and I use for breast augmentation and implant positioning at 740 Park Plastic Surgery is known as a hybrid approach, meaning the superior three quarters of the implant sits below the muscle, and the inferior quarter of the implant sits in the plane between the chest wall and breast tissue with the pectoralis muscle above it. This hybrid—or dual plane—approach imparts the benefits of both submuscular and subglandular implant positioning, leaving breast tissues and the ability to breastfeed unaffected by the placement of implants. As an added benefit (and for peace of mind), when this technique is performed, the silicone or saline material inside the implant should have no impact on the health of breast tissue or function of milk production glands in the rare event of a leak and/or rupture.
For more information about implants and breastfeeding, or if you have any further questions regarding breast augmentation in general, please don’t hesitate to contact our practice online or by phone at 800-941-8459.
– Dr. Daniel Y. Maman