Is it possible to breastfeed after surgery
In short, the answer really depends on many factors. How the implant was put in, how long it has been since surgery and many more factors. Honestly, the only way to know for sure is to try.
In March 2008 I had a breast augmentation and in July of that same year I found out I was going to be a mom. My incision is around the areola and the implants are under the muscle. From the research I have done that is the best way to preserve the ability to breastfeed.
I have been breastfeeding for over 6 years, accumulative. From the moment I gave birth to my oldest child, I was doing what I needed to provide the best nutrients I possibly could. I wanted a bond with my child no one could ever break! After all, the formula is expensive!!
I started to do research on my birth options and didn’t think about the possibility of not being able to provide the nutritional value from the breast milk to my daughter. It wasn’t until I met my midwife, Daymarys, about three months into my pregnancy. I started to tell her about my dreams and goals during and after my pregnancy. I also told her about my augmentation and started to look into how it could affect my goals.
I learned about the possibility of having issues but that it wasn’t as common as if I had a breast reduction. This news gave me some relief but only time would tell. I didn’t buy any bottles or formula I didn’t want to set myself up for failure. Moments after giving birth to Faith I placed her on my breast and began to form our bond. Faith and I breastfeed for 18 months, Michael and I for 4 months and Aria went 2 1/2 years and now Brooklyn a little shy of 2 years and I'm currently expecting so we will see how long this little one would like to nurse for.
Support around you
What will you decide, who will be your support person? Will they continue to encourage you even when you feel you are going to fail? I hope so because I never had anyone I know make me feel like I was wrong or needed to be ashamed.
After being a young 19 year old worried about my looks and wanting bigger breast I can honestly say that I was never really worried about how having surgery would affect me later on when I having children. I have since learned not everyone can breastfeed and sometimes it depends on how the surgery was completed, the amount of healing time allowed and several other factors.
I know that I was one of the lucky ones but I now also know that my implants are a ticking time bomb. I would love to take them out as soon as possible. I love my nursing journeys and would hate to think I may ruin my chances if I took them out now so I am waiting. Waiting until I am done having children and nursing so I can have the invasive surgery to remove my implant and all the scar tissue. So while yes you can breastfeed with them I would really recommend that you do your research about all the side effects they bring and see if you really want them after reading all the information.