Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Implants No Impediment to Breastfeeding, New Study Finds

"Will I be able to breastfeed?" This is one of the most common questions we are asked by prospective breast augmentation patients.

For women considering breast enlargement before they have completed their families, it is naturally a concern that implants could prevent them from being able to feed their babies.

However, a new study shows that they have little need to worry. The study, published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, was carried out in Argentina and involved 100 pregnant women with breast implants, as well as 100 pregnant women with natural breasts. The participants were an equal split of first time mums and women who already had children.

When the women gave birth, they measured their ability to breastfeed (exclusively or partially) after 24 hours, 48 hours and 30 days. A majority of women with silicone gel breast implants were able to successfully establish breastfeeding – 93%.

The figure was only slightly below the group of women without breast implants, who achieved a 99% success rate.

After 30 days, a higher number of mothers with breast implants decided not to continue breastfeeding than those without; seven mothers with implants stopped, while only one mother with natural breasts did the same. The mothers with natural breasts were also more likely to breastfeed exclusively.

However there are many reasons why a mother may decide to stop breastfeeding or choose to feed a combination of breast milk and formula, which must be taken into consideration when reviewing this study.

Crucially, the study demonstrated no physical impediment to establishing breastfeeding in mothers with implants, for the vast majority of patients. What’s more, the researchers found no difference in the ability to feed between patients whose implants had been inserted via a submammary (under the breast) or areolar (around the nipple) incision.

This will come as welcome news for younger women considering breast implants planning to have children in the future. For extra reassurance you can discuss your intention to breastfeed with your surgeon. He or she can advise you regarding the best placement site, implant volume and surgical technique to minimise damage to milk ducts.

Although this will ensure your chances of being able to successfully breastfeed are not impaired, it is still advisable to wait 12 to 18 months before becoming pregnant following a breast enlargement. This allows for healing of scars and breast tissue and the full return of nipple sensitivity.

For more information about breast augmentation at Ocean Clinic Marbella contact (+34) 951 775 518.

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