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Women with implants are able and encouraged to breastfeed.  Implants may cause difficulties in nursing if periareolar incisions and subglandular placement were used; thus a woman of childbearing years is advised to discuss breastfeeding with her plastic surgeon prior to surgery to choose a better approach like submuscular placement of the implant through an inframammary line incision.

A particular safety concern is whether the implant may leak into breast milk and whether this causes health problems for the nursing infant. More recent studies with more patients showed no risk for the infant, so the patient shouldn’t worry about any effect of the breast implant over the milk quality and composition.

Difficulties in breastfeeding arise if functional tissue is affected, particularly if milk ducts or major nerves were cut, or if milk glands are otherwise damaged or pressured. Duct and nerve damage is usually caused by periareolar incisions near the nipple, while other incisions (inframammary, transaxillary and transumbilical) avoid nipple tissue.  Milk glands are mostly affected by subglandular (over-the-muscle) or large implants, which cause pressure on the glands; submuscular and smaller implants cause fewer problems. However, many women have been able to successfully breastfeed with periareolar incisions and subglandular placement.

In case that you are planning to be pregnant in the near future or breastfeeding you should tell this in the initial consultation with the plastic surgeon to plan a breast augmentation technique that does not interfere with breastfeeding.

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