Can I Breastfeed after Breast Lift Surgery?

Contrary to what some may believe, not all breast lift patients are past their childbearing years and finished having babies. Some of Dr. Dennis Bucko’s breast lift patients are in their late 20s or 30s and plan to have children in the future. Questions involving how a breast lift might affect nursing are common. Dr. Bucko thought his blog would be the perfect place to answer these questions for women that may have concerns.

Breastfeeding Is Usually Possible

Statistically speaking, breast lift does not affect the success rate of breastfeeding. Many women are able to successfully breastfeed after breast lift surgery. Among the women that cannot successfully nurse, breast lift surgery likely has very little to do with these challenges. Some women have innate difficulty breastfeeding regardless of whether they have any type of breast surgery. There are many other variables at play, including issues relating to milk production and lactation.

Special Considerations for Women that Want to Nurse

Keeping that information in mind, if you are planning breast lift surgery, you will not be able to predict with complete certainty whether you will be able to breastfeed after the operation. While the chances are extremely good, there are special surgical factors Dr. Bucko will consider.

For example, it is important to preserve the ducts (the tubes that transport milk to the nipples) and deep ductal tissue as much as possible during the surgery. By limiting the breast lift incisions to the skin and subcutaneous tissues, the chances of preventing damage to the milk ducts are better. Dr. Bucko will discuss the breast lift incision options with you during your pre-operative consultation, and this is a critical opportunity to explain your desire to breastfeed in the future.

Another consideration is the fact that the less tissue removed, the better. This is generally less of a concern with breast lift than with breast reduction (the latter of which involves significant reduction in deeper glandular tissue). Leaving the tissue intact does not guarantee successful lactation and breastfeeding. Regardless, this is something that should be included in your pre-operative discussion with Dr. Bucko.

What Nursing Does to the Breasts

Finally, remember that pregnancy and breastfeeding can take their toll on the shape, size and perkiness of the breasts. You may find that after breastfeeding (especially multiple children), your breasts sag unattractively or look flat or shapeless. Additional breast lift or breast augmentation surgery may be required to restore a beautiful shape and position to your breasts.

For more information about breast lift and other breast procedures, contact Dr. Dennis Bucko and request a consultation. Call (858) 453-8484 or email Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center today.