Will I be able to breastfeed after breast augmentation?

Whether you have a newborn or are looking to have a baby, we’ll answer whether you’ll be able to breastfeed after breast augmentation.

April 30, 2021

2 min read


We get asked this question a lot. We’ll help you sort this out.

You’re probably asking this question because you are considering breast augmentation and are planning to have future pregnancies. (Or you could be researching for a friend!) Either way, let’s dive right in and go over the science of things.

There are many factors involved in breast feeding

First of all, many women have been able to breastfeed after breast augmentation.  

However, will you be able to breastfeed?  That’s a question that can’t be answered until you get there.  If you aren’t able to breastfeed, the reason could be that you are not making enough milk supply or the baby is not latching on properly or it could be due to your implant surgery.  You will likely never know, because the ability to breastfeed has many factors to it. Many women are unable to breastfeed, even without having had breast implants.

As far as the research goes, you should be able to breastfeed after getting breast implants, but there are a few things you should know.  If, for some reason, your breasts mammary ducts or the nerves that stimulate the lactation process are disconnected during your procedure and don’t re-grow to their proper place, you may be unable to breastfeed. These nerves are microscopic and it is impossible to avoid some nerves being disconnected during the surgery.

Even though surgeons work meticulously, it is still a possibility. Some studies have shown that women with breast implants are more likely to need to supplement breastfeeding than women without implants.1

Close to Temecula & Murrieta?

Nothing beats meeting face-to-face. Our office is in Temecula, just south of Murrieta. One of our board certified plastic surgeons can help answer all your questions regarding pregnancies, breastfeeding, and much more.

  1. Schiff, Michal, Charles S. Algert, Amanda Ampt, Mark S. Sywak, and Christine L. Roberts. “The impact of cosmetic breast implants on breastfeeding: a systematic review and meta-analysis.” International Breastfeeding Journal 9, no. 1 (2014): 17.

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