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How Implants Affect Breastfeeding

Fake boobs don't always hinder breastfeeding. Seventy-seven percent of LilSugar readers said they'd consider a Mommy Makeover — a breast lift, tummy tuck and liposuction — if money were no object, but plenty of women undergo a lil nip and tuck before they bear children.

Former Playmate Kendra Wilkinson and reality show star Kourtney Kardashian recently revealed that they hoped to breastfeed once they give birth. Well known for her purchased assets, Pamela Anderson said she nursed both her boys. To learn more about whether or not implants affect a mom's ability to feed her offspring, we spoke with Dr. Robert Zubowski.

  • On whether or not the placement of implants affects breastfeeding. "The breast implant is typically placed in a submuscular pocket which separates the implant from the breast tissue. Augmentation in a subglandular position or any position directly below the breast tissue can be done safely without affecting the ability to breastfeed."
  • On incision placement affecting nursing. "Incision placement can make a difference with regard to breastfeeding. Incisions placed in the crease of the breast or in the armpit do not interfere with the gland or the ducts and therefore will not affect breast-feeding. Incisions placed in the lower half of the areola require that some dissection occur through the breast tissue and by consequence through the ductal tissue. Therefore in some cases especially if there is very little breast tissue, this may affect the ability to breastfeed."
  • On whether or not choosing silicone or saline matters. "The type of implant whether saline or silicone does not matter. Also studies have shown that there is no risk to the baby with regard to breastfeeding whether saline or silicone implants are used."
  • On engorgement's effects on implants. "Engorgement and pumping of the breast is not effected in any way in those women who have had breast augmentation."
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missyd missyd 8 years
I plan to. And I have them. I ahve been reassured a billion times by multiple credible sources that it is safe. Am I still a bit wary? Yes....but I dont want to deny my child the benefits of mother's milk
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 8 years
I agree Spiderlove. I once had a fleeting thought of getting breast implants but I knew I wanted to breastfeed and I did not want to take a chance of not being able to do that. So I choose not to. Now that I have one child and another on the way I am super happy I chose not to.
Spiderlove Spiderlove 8 years
Eh... I don't have implants, but if I did, I think I would be wary of nursing regardless of what they say.... I just cannot get past the fact that there would be a foreign potentially toxic substance in my body and I might have the slightest risk that I was passing that somehow through my milk. Just my opinion, though.
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