A surgery to increase the size of the breast(s) by surgically inserting an implant beneath the breast tissue.
- Implants are not a contraindication to breastfeeding.
- Most women with breast augmentation can be successful with breastfeeding. Assess her for a lack of underlying tissue as indication for augmentation (rare) and the use of a peri-areolar incision as these are risk factors for low supply.
- Silicone and saline implants are compatible with breastfeeding.
General Breast Surgery Considerations
- Insufficient lactation is more common with prior breast surgery.
- The risk increases if a peri-areolar incision was used.
- Providers should follow the infant’s growth more closely and make certain the pediatric care provider is aware of the maternal history of breast surgery.
- Breast reduction has the greater potential to impact breastfeeding.