Pregnancy & Breastfeeding with Implants

One of the more common set questions we hear from our patients revolve around the possible impact that breast augmentation can have on future pregnancies and breastfeeding. Here, we do our best to answer these questions.

Can I breast feed after having breast implants?

The answer is a resounding “maybe.” While breast feeding after surgery cannot be guaranteed, most women do tend to breast feed without issue. Still, it’s important to realize that any breast surgery carries some risk of reducing or stopping the ability to breastfeed.

Keep in mind that the ability to breastfeed is very individual to begin with. Some women are unable to breastfeed regardless of whether they have had surgery. Additionally, some women will not have attempted to breastfeed prior to implant placement to find out if they can. For those that have been able to breastfeed prior to surgery, there is a risk of not being able to breastfeed afterwards.

This risk can be from an injury to the milk ducts during surgery or from additional pressure to the pathway from the presence of implants. Additional pressure from the implants may not let the milk flow through when combined with the pressure from milk engorgement.

Do realize that in all likelihood it can be more difficult afterwards and particularly so if larger implants are utilized. Some methods thought to be helpful in optimizing breast feeding after implant placement include placing the implant in the subpectoral space and not using the peri-areolar incision. If you are considering breast feeding after your surgery, please be sure to discuss this point with Dr. Pancholi to help maximize this potential.

Is breast feeding safe after having breast implants?

Saline rupture is not a health concern to the infant. Additionally, studies have shown that silicone does not pose a risk to the infant either. So overall this should not be of concern.

What happens to my breasts and breast implants if I get pregnant?

If you become pregnant after breast augmentation you may or may not see changes to your overall breast appearance. Regardless of whether you have been pregnant prior to breast augmentation, a lot will depend on how much breast tissue you have.

Breast tissue expands with pregnancy. If you have very little breast tissue, you will have very little breast tissue to expand and possibly shrink later. Likely, you won’t see much of a change.

If you have more breast tissue, there will be more for expansion and contraction, which can lead to sagging later on. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your breast implants will sag, but possibly just the breast tissue. In this situation it could appear as though the breast tissue is sliding off of the implant. Usually a breast lift can help correct this appearance.

Whether or not you will get stretch marks, however, seems to be preprogrammed in your DNA. If your mother and other female relatives all got stretch marks on their breasts with pregnancy, odds are you will too.

Ask more questions at your free consultation

If you have more questions about breast implants, Dr. Pancholi and our staff will be happy to address them at a free consultation. Call us or use our easy online contact form. Our patient care staff will be in touch as quickly as possible.