If you’re breastfeeding, you know that the process leads to a lot of changes in your body. However, this doesn’t stop you from doing things that you would have wanted to do if you weren’t breastfeeding. For example, you might want to know if you can get a boob job while you’re breastfeeding.
People might wonder exactly why you would ask this question. Why would you want to go through a surgical procedure while you’re already in an altered state? It’s okay to wonder, though, because you just want more information on the subject.
So if you want a boob job, should you get one while you’re breastfeeding? Or is it better to get one before or after? It’s vital that you talk to your doctor to figure out what’s best for you, but there are pretty standard answers to these questions.
Can You Get a Boob Job While Breastfeeding?
The general recommendation is that you don’t get a boob job while breastfeeding. While you’re breastfeeding, your breasts will be full of milk and in an enlarged state. After you stop, they’ll shrink, or involute.
It doesn’t make any sense, then, to get a boob job while you’re still breastfeeding. Since your breasts will inevitably change very shortly, you’re going to have no idea how they’ll ultimately look when things settle down. You may like the way they look immediately after the procedure, but seeing them after your breasts have reached a stable and consistent size may cause you to regret not waiting.
Surgeons recommend that you wait until they’ve reached a stable state to consider getting the procedure. This way, how they’ll look after the procedure is how they’ll remain. If your breasts are still producing milk when you get a boob job, they’ll likely deflate afterward, making it more likely that you’ll be unhappy with the ultimate result.
How long you should wait and why
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The recommendation on exactly how long you wait will depend on you and possibly vary from surgeon to surgeon. Some surgeons will say you should wait a minimum of three months, while others would advise you to wait for a full year. How long you should wait will depend on how much your body’s changing after you stop breastfeeding and what your surgeon recommends for you.
Surgeons will tell you not only to wait until you’ve stopped breastfeeding but also wait until your breasts have stopped producing milk. When they stop producing milk, the milk will dry up, and the breasts will shrink. Most surgeons recommend that you wait for a minimum of three, ideally six months, since this is about how long it’ll take for your breasts to stop producing milk.
Getting a Boob Job When You Want Children in the Future
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Many people might say you should hold off on getting a boob job until you’re finished having children. However, it’s not so easy to predict this. You may think you’re done having children but unexpectedly get pregnant later, for example.
So in addition to knowing how long they should wait before getting a boob job after breastfeeding, some women might want to see if they can get the procedure and be able to breastfeed future children as well.
Types of implants and incisions
Whether or not you have a good chance of being able to breastfeed after getting implants depends a lot on the types of implants and incisions used.
The implants themselves
Surgeon holding silicone breast implants, close-up, elevated view. Whether or not you can breastfeed somewhat depends on the type of implants you have. Typically, breast implants contain either saline or silicone. You might worry that the chemicals in the implants could mix with your breast milk and be harmful to your baby.
If you have saline implants, you don’t have to worry. Healthcare providers agree that there are no harmful effects on the child while breastfeeding with saline implants.
If you have silicone implants, you’re probably okay as well. Many healthcare providers say it’s okay to breastfeed with silicone implants. However, if you have silicone implants, please consult your healthcare provider on the safety of nursing your baby.
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There are a few different types of incisions. The transaxillary and inframammary incisions are underneath the arm and underneath the breast, respectively. Typically, these won’t affect the woman’s ability to breastfeed in the future.
However, the other type of incision commonly done is the periareolar incision, which is around the nipple. This one can end up cutting through the milk ducts and interfere with a woman’s ability to breastfeed in the future.
Can implants take away your ability to breastfeed?
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When you get your boob job, it’s essential that you talk to your surgeon. If you think it’s even a remote possibility that you might be having children and want to breastfeed them, you want to make sure that you get the kind of procedure that wouldn’t interfere with this.
Most breast implant procedures involve incisions underneath the breasts or close to your armpits. In these cases, your surgeon probably won’t alter any significant nerves or milk ducts. That means that if your incisions are in these areas, you should still be able to produce milk and breastfeed a new baby.
Also, you should take into account the location of the implants. If your surgeon places the implants under your chest muscles, it’s less likely that they’ll interfere with your ability to breastfeed. However, if they’re right under the glandular tissue of your breasts, it’s more likely that they could interfere with your milk production.
It also depends on exactly why you needed a boob job. If you simply had small breasts and had cosmetic reasons for wanting the procedure, you’re less likely to have problems with breastfeeding.
However, if your breasts are spaced far apart, your breast tissue never developed, or you have asymmetrical or tubular breasts, it’s possible that you don’t have enough of the glandular tissue necessary to breastfeed, albeit this is rare.
In any case, you should discuss your options with your surgeon. It’s best if you discuss them before the procedure, but if that ship has sailed, you can still discuss breastfeeding options with your doctor.
Things to Keep in Mind When Breastfeeding with Implants
After you’ve talked to your surgeon about the likelihood of your implants causing problems with breastfeeding, there are few other things you should keep in mind.
Not enough milk
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Whether or not you have implants, it’s possible that you’ll have problems producing enough milk for your baby. While this is rare, it does happen. On average, an infant will go through six to eight diapers daily. If you’re not changing your baby’s diaper that many times, it’s possible that you’re not producing enough milk.
With implants, sometimes the flow of milk is blocked. In this case, you can breastfeed, it’s just that the milk isn’t coming out as you need it to. If this happens, you might choose to use a breast pump. This can assist in expressing the milk, making it possible for your baby to continue on breast milk.
However, keep in mind that typically a breast pump is not as efficient in removing milk from breasts as a baby, so results may be mixed.
That can happen when implants reduce the let-down response, due to Injured nerves in the nipple area. This means they can interfere with the ability of the glands to release milk to the ducts so that your baby can access it. Damaged milk ducts can make it so that your breasts are less able to produce milk.
It’s also possible for implants to block the flow of breast milk, pinch your milk ducts, and make your breasts swell.
Lack of feeling
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You might also find that you’re not able to feel anything in your nipples after getting implants. Sometimes, it takes a while for women to regain feeling in their nipples after breast implants. If you had the surgery within the last couple of years, it’s possible that you’ll get the feeling back eventually, but full nipple sensation just hasn’t come back yet.
In these cases, if you choose to use a breast pump, you’ll have to do more adjusting visually rather than through touch alone. However, you don’t have to worry that the pumping is going to damage your implants. Whether implants are saline or silicone, they’re strong enough that the breast pump will not cause harm.
Think While Your Baby Eats
It makes sense that a lot of women want to get breast implants after going through pregnancy and breastfeeding. Your baby can bring you a lot of joy, but the process can leave your body looking like one that you don’t even recognize.
However, you also need to take your doctor’s advice when it comes to the actual time that you get the procedure. You want to make sure that you have the procedure at a time where the results are likely to stick. You also want to make sure that you’ll be able to breastfeed future babies.
Getting a boob job is a big decision. You want to make sure that you make this decision in the best way possible. This way, you can look at your body and have no regrets.
Have you had a boob job and successfully breastfed a baby? Let us know in the comments section!