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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Do Breast Implants Affect Breastfeeding?

A good number of women dream about making changes to their figure long before their future kids even become a twinkle in their eyes. In the cases of breast implants, this is especially true, making post-pregnancy breast augmentation in Atlanta a common occurrence. A breast augmentation surgery is most frequent in women who fall between the ages of about 20 to 40, followed closely by the age group of women between 40 above to 45, according to the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons).
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Women who go under the knife for breast implants routinely notice changes in their breasts; however, for women with implants, another considerable question is whether the implants will have an impact on their pregnancy and breastfeeding. This is a genuine concern and a natural worry. 

Preparing for the changes in your body and recognizing the possible risks in relation to your concern of breastfeeding and knowing all your options after pregnancy will help you to optimize the experience. If you are pregnant with breast implants and preparing to breastfeed, you may or may not be able to proceed with this depending on the insertion and incision method your surgeon used during the procedure. 

Is Pregnancy After Breast Implants Safe?

Yes, pregnancy after breast augmentation is safe and considered a common thing. Getting breast implants before your pregnancy may help you to instill better self-esteem and give you the happiness you were always hoping for, perhaps, it could also have an impact on your social life. When the time comes, pregnancy and breast implants also coexist beautifully. Here are a few key points worth considering.

Breast Implants and Breastfeeding

When planning your Crispin Plastic Surgery breast augmentation surgery, the issue of breastfeeding is worth the consideration. When the surgeon performs the surgery with incisions under the breast fold or in the armpit, breastfeeding for most women is no trouble. Generally, the incisions required for the implant insertions will determine whether they can cause nerve damage to the area surrounding the milk ducts and nipple or not. If your surgeon ends up making a wrong cut, this can lead to your inability to breastfeed. 

Before your procedure, make sure that you discuss your options with your surgeon. With your implants, if you are able to breastfeed, you and your doctor have to monitor the amount of milk you produce closely and the amount your baby takes in for at least 4-6 weeks. This helps to keep you aware of the breast implants, insertion method and incisions influence on your ability to nurse your child. 

Do Implants Affect Milk Production?

Depending on the incisions, breast implants have no effect on the production of milk. However, in some cases, inadequate production of milk in the breasts is something women face. For this to occur, there are different reasons. While your breasts may be able to produce ample milk supply, your breasts may not be able to pass it through the damaged ducts to your nipple. It could be that the surgeon made wrong incisions, damaging the nerves, which send hormonal signals to your brain to signal it for the production of milk. 

Usually, when your baby suckles on the nipple, these nerves will feel the sensation and send signals to the brain, but the damage will prevent this from occurring. Although this is something rare, another possibility you should consider is the implants leaking into the milk your breasts produce. While most of the implants today have saline filling rather than silicone, there are methods your doctor could use to measure the amount of silicone in your breast milk. If you feel something is not right, you should consult your surgeon. 
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Is Your Baby Getting Enough Milk?

With implants post-pregnancy, if your baby has about 6-8 diapers wet and about 3-4 bowel movements, this means the implants have no effect on the production of milk and your baby is getting enough. In addition, if your baby gains weight and your breastfeeding times increase to 8-12 times in a day, it means you are in the safe zone. 

To stimulate the production of breast milk, you can also use pumps. The breast pumps will help you to empty each one completely. If you feel, the implants are affecting the milk production you can also massage the breasts to simulate them and increase the supply of milk. However, if this does not work, you should visit a specialist. 

Post Pregnancy Options

During pregnancy, since the body experiences change drastically, it is logical that your body may not return to its pre-baby form exactly. Whether you had breast implants before or not, plastic surgeries such as a “mommy makeover” can reverse the stubborn body changes easily. A breast augmentation can help to restore the youthfulness of your sagging breasts. Whereas, a breast lift or the use of larger implants can reverse the changes to implants post pregnancy. 

To make sure your body is no longer changing, it is advisable that you wait about six months after you end the breastfeeding of your baby before going for another surgery. This ensures that your results will be longer lasting and natural looking. If you are considering a breast augmentation surgery, extensively talk to your cosmetic/plastic surgeon before you make the final commitment. 


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