Published April 11, 2014

Can You Breastfeed With Breast Implants?

What are the issues with breastfeeding with implants?

Breast augmentation represents one of the most popular cosmetic surgical operations in Sydney and across Australia. Owing to its popularity, a lot of women often wonder about whether getting breast implants can actually affect a woman’s ability to breast feed their child. It’s just one of many concerns people often have about breast augmentation and one we will hopefully clear up here.

It’s only natural for women to be concerned. A mother’s ability to nurture her child through breast feeding is after all a maternal instinct that all women share. Unfortunately the truth about the matter often lies shrouded in misconceptions and controversies.

Having performed hundreds of breast augmentations as one of the top cosmetic surgeons in Australia and a foremost expert when it comes to different types of breast implants available in Sydney, Dr Tavakoli is no stranger to breast feeding concerns with breast augmentation.

Some of the primary concerns that women often have about the matter includes:

– The possibility of the breast implants leaking silicone substances in breast milk,
– Do the implants stop the ability to produce milk,
– The possibility of silicone compounds from breast implants harming their baby,
– The possibility of silicone compounds from the breast implant adversely affecting an unborn child.

Sorting through the facts

The concerns mentioned above are certainly valid and it’s easy to see why women interested in the procedure might have such concerns but one only needs to put things in perspective and uncover the facts about the matter.

Now the truth is that most women who get breast implants with Dr Tavakoli in Sydney often have no issues with breast feeding at all. They are even less likely to cause issues if the implants are inserted behind the chest muscle far removed from the nipple area. In some cases, breast implants may need to be inserted in front of the chest and whether or not such a method actually affects a woman’s ability to breastfeed her child is still the subject of an on-going debate in the field of cosmetic surgery but when the operation doesn’t typically involve the extraction of breast tissue and severing any milk duct, lactation typically remains unaffected.

Now with regards to the concern about silicone compounds possibly getting into the breast milk and harming the baby, people need to remember that silicon is ever present in the environment and children have been exposed to the material for decades with no adverse effects.

Of course various studies have been conducted on the matter and the FDA even banned the use of silicone gel implants in 1991 pending the results of a 15 year study that was concluded in 2006 and resulted in the reintroduction of silicone gel implants as a safer and better alternative to saline-based breast implants. The results of the study showed no difference in the in silicon levels among women with breast implants and those that don’t. As a matter of fact, studies showed that exposure to silicon substances through bottle feeding was a lot higher and an object of greater concern.

Breastfeeding with implants conclusion

As mentioned earlier, there is generally no contraindication when it comes to breast feeding with breast implants and certainly no danger to the child being breast fed. Women who are overly concerned about the matter are advised to consult with cosmetic surgeon about the particulars of the procedure and conduct clinical examinations to verify that they are a good candidate for the procedure and that their ability to breast feed would not be affected by the operation.

Dr Tavakoli is a one of the top and most reputable cosmetic surgeons in Australia and a leading expert on breast implants. The information presented in this article is solely based on his extensive experiences and industry knowledge on breast augmentation. If you would like to know more about getting breast implants then we urge you to call us on 1300 368 107 to arrange a consultation which would help settle any concerns you might have about your ability to breastfeed with implants.

Published By: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli, MS, FRACS, is an internationally renowned Australian trained plastic surgeon with over 20 years of surgical training. He is an active member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), International Society (ISAPS) and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). He is considered a world leader in plastic surgery of the breast and body and lectures extensively around the word on these topics.