Breastfeeding After Breast Augmentation


Breast augmentation uses implants to improve the bust’s size, symmetry, projection, and shape. To place implants, incisions can be made around the nipple (periareolar), underneath the breast (inframammary), in the armpit (Transaxillary), or in the belly button (TUBA). Dr. Doyle prefers the periareolar and inframammary techniques for optimal access to the surgical site.

There are three options for the placement of breast implants:

  • Subglandular. Under the breast mound but over the chest muscles
  • Submuscular. Under both chest muscles and breast mound
  • Dual Plane. Partially over and partially under the chest muscles

It is entirely possible to breastfeed after breast augmentation. Breast implants pose no health risks to breastfeeding babies and, with appropriate surgical options, potential complications with milk supply can often be avoided.

Incisions + Placement

The inframammary incision may be best for women who plan on breastfeeding in the future. This incision eliminates the risk of diminished nipple sensitivity, an uncommon but possible consequence of breast augmentation. While typically temporary, diminished sensitivity can make breastfeeding more difficult.

Having breast implants placed below the chest muscles is another way to protect your breastfeeding ability. Submuscular placement helps to prevent compression of milk ducts, enabling the breasts to produce and release milk without interference. Placing breast implants below the chest muscles also helps eliminate aesthetic risks such as rippling, double bubble, and bottoming out.

Choosing the Best Option for Your Needs

Many considerations go into planning a breast augmentation procedure. When you come to our office for your breast enhancement, Dr. Doyle will take the time to understand your objectives and needs and provide information about the techniques and options that best match your desires. If you plan on having children in the future or are unsure, Dr. Doyle can modify your procedure to help protect your ability to breastfeed.

Please call the Centre for Aesthetic + Reconstructive Surgery at 401-336-3770 to schedule a consultation today. Located in East Greenwich, we welcome patients from all nearby areas of Rhode Island.

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