03rd Aug, 2017

Can I breastfeed following breast surgery?

If we assume that you were able to breastfeed prior to surgery, the short answer is most likely.  Theoretically any type of breast surgery has the potential to decrease a patient’s ability to breastfeed.

Breast surgery is performed to correct and modify the size, contour and elevation/projection of the breast/s. The more extensive the breast surgery, the greater the likelihood of decreased ability to breastfeed.

Breast Augmentation SurgeryBreast Augmentation surgery involves making a skin incision then surgically creating a pocket for the breast implant either sub-pectoral (under the muscle) or sub-glandular (over the muscle).   This should not affect the direct relationship between the breast glands/ducts and the nipple, therefore not interfering with breastfeeding.

Breast Reduction surgery involves the surgical removal of skin and breast tissue to reduce and reshape the size of the breasts.  Surgery disrupts the breast architecture and may damage nerves and milk producing ducts and glands.  Therefore breastfeeding following breast reduction surgery may be difficult for some patients.

Breast Lift surgery, referred to as Mastopexy, involves the surgical removal of skin and minimal tissue to reposition the nipple higher on the chest wall.   Due to minimal disruption to the milk glands/ducts, the ability to breastfeed should remain.

Like all surgical procedures, no guarantees can be given to the ability to breastfeed following breast surgery.  Contributing factors include type of breast surgery, placement of incisions, amount of surgical dissection, preservation of nipple ducts and formation of scar tissue following surgery.

During your consultation with me, I will discuss this subject in more detail relevant to your desired surgical procedure.  Experience and qualifications matter when undergoing any surgical procedure.

Contact Dr. RichardsonTo begin your breast surgery journey contact one of my helpful administrative staff on 07 3268 3774 to organise a consultation.

Posted on August 3, 2017 By , in

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