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Does Breast Augmentation Affect Breastfeeding?

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Does Breast Augmentation Affect Breastfeeding?

Dr. Tenley Lawton understands that many women would like to have a breast augmentation but struggle with the concern that they may not be able to breastfeed afterward. If you plan to breastfeed in the future or just want to keep your options open, breast augmentation surgery can preserve your ability to breastfeed. 

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation uses saline or silicone implants to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. During surgery, Dr. Lawtwon makes a small incision and uses it to place the implant into a pocket created either behind the breast tissue or behind the muscle. This popular procedure has given many women a tremendous boost in self-confidence, especially if it corrects uneven or asymmetrical breasts or those that have lost their natural volume. 

For women who have given birth and breastfed children, the breasts may have lost significant volume after breastfeeding and may become noticeably smaller or flatter than they had been before. This seeks many women to consider breast augmentation, but not all of them feel certain that they have completed their family yet and wonder if implants will affect their ability to breastfeed in the future.

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Does Breast Augmentation Affect Breastfeeding?

Many women have questions about breastfeeding when considering breast augmentation, whether they intend to breastfeed in the near future or just want to keep the possibility open. 

Surgical Considerations

The breasts, especially in the areola and nipple area, contain many nerves, blood vessels, and milk ducts. Surgical procedures that avoid incisions near the areola will protect these delicate areas. However, even an augmentation with a breast lift that repositions the areola can still preserve all the nerves and milk ducts if performed correctly. 

Since surgeons normally place the implant either behind the glandular tissue or behind the muscle, the implant should not affect the breast tissue above it. With proper surgical technique and an experienced breast surgeon like Dr. Lawton, most women will have minimal impact on their ability to breastfeed

Baby Health and Safety

Some women have concerns about whether the presence of implants, especially silicone implants, could harm their breastfeeding baby. Fortunately, there is no evidence that breastfeeding infants experience any harm from silicone in implants, even after decades of use. Today’s implants are safer than ever before, and their presence will not harm your baby.  

Future Pregnancies

While breast augmentation may not interfere with your ability to breastfeed, pregnancy and breastfeeding may interfere with your augmentation. Your results may change considerably when your breasts change during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Some women choose to put off an augmentation until after they have had children. Fortunately, a revision or lift can often correct the changes and restore your pre-pregnancy breasts. 


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation and Breastfeeding?

Most women who would like to have breast augmentation are good candidates for breastfeeding afterward. Women should make sure to discuss during their consultation whether they may plan to breastfeed in the future. 


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Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about breast augmentation and breastfeeding? You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Tenley Lawton by filling out the form on this page or calling Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999.

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