Do Breast Implants Interfere With Breast Feeding?

When we consult with patients about breast augmentation, they often ask whether breast feeding will be disrupted in a future pregnancy, or whether the presence of a synthetic implant poses any safety risk for the newborn.

Unfortunately, for a limited number of patients the ability to breastfeed is disrupted by a past breast augmentation.  Usually, this problem is associated with the type of incision chosen for the procedure.  If future breast feeding is a concern for you, it might be a good idea to use incisions that avoid manipulation of the nipple such  as the armpit, breast crease, or navel. Some surgeons recommend sub-muscular breast implant placement as well, but breast feeding is not necessarily compromised by sub-glandular (above the muscle) placement.

Research studies about infant safety haven’t found any measurable risks associated with breast implants.  In the late 90s, a study was published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery showing that women with silicone breast implants carry no higher levels of silicone (silicon) in their breast milk than women without implants.  It isn’t known what effect would occur if some trace of silicone were to pass through to the infant.

If you still have concerns, speak to Dr. Daniel or your OB/GYN.  Whether you plan to become pregnant or not, it is best to understand all of the possible breast augmentation risks before proceeding with surgery.

Dr. Lee B. Daniel, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
244 Country Club Rd
Eugene OR   97401