While breast implants make you feel more confident and beautiful in your skin, there are always concerns about the future. Some women are worried that breast implants will be painful or could pop later on. Other women are worried that having breast implants will make it difficult to breastfeed their future children. Before you take the plunge and get implants, make sure you learn about all of the potential implications.
Can You Breastfeed with Implants?
The short answer is yes. Women can breastfeed with implants for the most part. It really comes down to the types of implants, the kind of surgery, the placement of the implants and their size. Most implants are made with silicone or salt water, so it is important that women ask their doctors if these chemicals will end up blending in with the breast milk later on. For the most part, most breastfeeding experts say that salt water and silicone will not end up mixing with the breast milk. Because of this, it should be perfectly safe to breastfeed with implants. To be on the safe side, you should always ask your doctor first.
Will I Have Issues Breastfeeding If I Get Implants?
It is possible that breast implant surgery, breast reductions and similar procedures could end up damaging the milk ducts, milk glands and nerves in the breasts. If an injury happens around the nipple’s nerves, it can make it difficult for the milk glands to release milk when you are breastfeeding.
Likewise, milk production will drop if your milk ducts are damaged during surgery. It is possible that your milk ducts could become blocked, which would reduce the flow of breast milk. At the same time, this could also cause the breasts to swell.
Once you have given birth, your breasts will naturally start to produce milk. This can cause your breasts to swell so much in size that mastitis happens. If you develop mastitis, you may end up experiencing intense chills, a fever or extreme pain.
What Type of Impact Will Different Surgeries Have on Breastfeeding?
When you undergo surgery for breast implants, your doctor will make an incision around or across the dark area around your nipples. This incision can end up causing nerve damage around this area. If the nerves are damaged, you may lose feeling in your areola and nipples. Likewise, incisions under your armpit or breasts can cause damage to the milk ducts and glands that are located there.
The placement of your implants will greatly determine your ability to nurse your baby. Breast implants may be placed between the muscles of the breast tissue and the chest. They could also be placed under the chest muscles. When these implants are placed under the muscles, it can help to reduce the chances of damaging your milk ducts and nerves. It can also reduce the chances that the chemicals from the implants will blend with the breast tissue. The risk of damaging breast tissue can be further reduced by making sure that the incisions are made in the fatty tissue under the breasts.
When Should I Start to Worry?
You may need to contact your doctor right away if:
– You are not creating enough milk
– Your baby breastfeeds fewer than eight times a day
– You do not have any milk within five days of giving birth
– Your baby has bowel movements less than three times a day
– You experience pain in your nipples during or after feedings
– Your baby has less than six wet diapers on more than four days in a row
– You feel a lump or hardness in your breast
– Your baby is dehydrated