What You Should Know About Breastfeeding With Breast Implants

If you are considering breast implants, one of the concerns you may have is how the implants will affect your ability to breastfeed. In a nutshell, the answer is not very much.

The Procedure

If you consider how this type of breast augmentation is done, it is easy to understand that the implants shouldn’t affect the actual function of the breast at all. A pocket, which is a space not naturally present, is made either behind the breast, behind the muscle, or some combination of both. This means the natural configuration of the nipple ducts gland is completely intact. Therefore the breasts’ ability to produce milk should be unchanged. Think of it this way, in either the submuscular or subglandular position, the implant is merely pushing or filling the breast out. The implant is behind the breast. It doesn’t sever any connections between nipple and gland and only comes into contact with the back of the breast. The implant simply pushes the breast outward and upward.

The Speculations

The only wrinkle here is that some approaches may be more invasive than others. A periareolar incision may actually necessitate disrupting some breast tissue, and there is the chance that milk production could be decreased. However, this is speculative as there is no real scientific data to support this claim.

Image of Breast Implant - Elizabeth A. Kinsley, MD

Lastly, some patients worry if it is safe to breastfeed with implants in place after breast augmentation. The answer is absolutely, yes. As the above image shows, modern implants are very sturdy and your body makes a natural capsule of scar tissue around the implant. There is no communication between your implant and your breast, and ultimately your milk production goes on unchanged.