If I have breast augmentation surgery, can I still breastfeed?
Many women are under the impression that if they undergo breast augmentation surgery, they will not be able to breastfeed. This is simply not true. Advances in surgical techniques have made it entirely possible. A conscious placement of the incisions—so as not to damage crucial nerves—is essential to success. Placement of the implant itself is also a factor. The best choice for women who want to nurse is usually what’s called the submuscular placement. This method inserts the implant below the pectoral muscles so that it does not put pressure on the glandular tissue necessary for milk production. It’s important to note that although surgery does not prevent your body’s ability to lactate, it may affect the amount of milk you are able to produce. Also, the more time that passes after your surgery and before breastfeeding begins, the better.
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