Can I breastfeed after breast surgery?

The good news is that most women can still breastfeed after breast augmentation, as this surgery usually doesn't involve the ducts or the areas of your breast involved in milk production.

But there is a risk with any type of breast surgery – breast augmentation surgery, breast lifting surgery, breast reduction surgery can affect breastfeeding.

During breast reduction surgery, the surgeon may remove part of the breast that may include glandular tissue and ducts that produce and/or transport milk to the nipple and therefore affect breastfeeding.

There is no way of knowing if your breast surgery has affected your ability to breastfeed until after you have had your baby and try nursing.  Generally, it takes a few days for the mom to be able to produce milk for her newborn so be patient during this process.  

As with all women, breastfeeding success depends on having correct information about good latch, positioning and knowing how to make more breast milk.

Tom Pousti MD

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