Breast Feeding, Breast Implants And You

Breast augmentation surgery and its benefits to a woman’s self-esteem and self-confidence are well-known and more younger women than ever are opting for this popular procedure.

However, they may not have considered their new breasts in light of a later decision to breast-feed their baby.

breastfeedingEvery woman and every baby is unique. There are many contributing factors to breast-feeding success. But if you have or are thinking of having implants, successful breast-feeding could depend on the type of your incisions and where they are made. It’s important to express your concerns about breast-feeding to Dr. Guarnieri prior to deciding upon breast augmentation.


  • If your incisions are made on or around your areola, there is a chance that your milk ducts and nerves could be severed, limiting the ability for the milk to reach your nipples.
  • If your incisions are made under your breast or through the axilla, problems with breast feeding should be minimal, as the implants are inserted without damaging milk ducts or nerves.


  • Engorgement is a common problem for many nursing mothers. For women who have had breast implants, breast milk production may be more of an issue and breast engorgement may be more severe.
  • Following breast augmentation, nipple sensitivity may be more pronounced. This is especially true for women who have had their implants placed via incisions made around the areola.
  • Some women are concerned about the potential side effects of breast implants to their baby, and they choose not to breast-feed. This fear is usually about the silicone inside the implants. However, studies have shown that it there is no silicone in the breast milk of woman who have silicone implants.

Breast-feeding can be a joyous but also stressful time for new mothers.

Happily, many women find that they are able to successfully breast-feed with implants.

Dr. Guarnieri specializes in breast augmentation surgery and would be happy to discuss any concerns you may have regarding breast implants and breast-feeding.

Call for a consultation appointment, today: (757) 345-2275.

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