Women With Breast Implants Aren’t Breast-Feeding, But Why?

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Anxieties about breastfeeding are common-even among women with or without breast implants. According to the CDC, in 2006, only 33 percent of infants in America were exclusively breastfed for the first three months of age. And while women with breast implants are able to breast-feed with the right kind of implant, a study last year done by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) indicated that a large percentage of them think that breast-feeding will change how their breasts look and are therefore less likely to nurse their babies.

Many might assume women with breast implants are not breast-feeding because they can’t, however, this for the most part is untrue. “Theoretically, the breast augmentation can affect breast-feeding; however, in my experience when the implant is placed in the submuscular position and the incision is in the inframammary crease, there seems to be little impact on the ability to breast-feed,” says Carmel, IN, plastic surgeon Janet Turkle, MD.

So as it turns out, women with implants are choosing formula because they wrongly believe it affects the way their breasts will look and has nothing to do with whether they physically can. After all, they have invested both time and money into their breasts.

But, while pregnancy itself does cause the breasts to sag, breast-feeding does not contribute to it. In fact, it’s the number of pregnancies a woman has, not whether she breast-feeds, that causes breasts to lose volume and sag over time, the study stressed. If your breasts swell with pregnancy, “it stretches the breast pocket and tissue out and it alters the appearance of what the breast looks like, but it doesn’t change what [an] implant looks like,” says Las Vegas, plastic surgeon Terry Higgins, MD.

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