How long after breastfeeding should you wait to have a breast augmentation?


When new mothers are breastfeeding, their breasts become enlarged due to milk production. Many women find this to be a bit of a “bonus,” enjoying their fuller appearance as they nurse their new addition.

However, once breastfeeding ends, the breasts shrink — in some instances, they become smaller than they were before the pregnancy. And even if they return to the same size they were before, often the firmness and overall appearance have changed significantly.

For those reasons, it’s not uncommon for mothers to consider breast augmentation. But how long should they wait before the procedure? And what other factors should they consider?

Board-certified Newport Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton has helped many mothers regain their appearance and boost their confidence through breast procedures. As a woman and mother herself, she’s uniquely qualified to help her patients make the decision that’s best for them.

How long to wait
Typically, women can begin considering breast augmentation three to six months after breastfeeding has ended — but because every woman is different, this is just a general guideline. The right time for any particular patient, according to Dr. Lawton, depends on the changes their body has gone through, their frame of mind and their desired results.

For example, it’s important to be completely certain the breasts have stopped shrinking before having an augmentation; otherwise, breast fullness could be impacted even after the procedure.

What about breastfeeding after augmentation?
A key concern for some women who want to have more children — or those who haven’t had children yet but may want to in the future — is whether they’ll be able to breastfeed after they have implants.

Many are surprised to find out they can. This depends on several factors, including the makeup of the original breasts, the location of the incision and where the implants are placed. But it absolutely is possible!

Are you considering a breast augmentation? Whether you’re already a mom, or want to be in the future, a consultation with Dr. Lawton can help you determine your best course of action. Contact us today to learn more.

Dr. Tenley Lawton, M.D.


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