Can You Breastfeed With Breast Implants?

When considering breast augmentation New York City, many women wonder if getting breast implants will affect future breastfeeding. Having breastfed before implants should cause no problems as long as the patient is no longer nursing. In general, breast implants should not hinder the ability to breastfeed. With that said, it is important to note that breast augmentation surgery does come with risks, one of which includes limiting or ceasing the ability to breastfeed. While rare, it is a risk patients should consider. Here are a few considerations to make so you can make the best informed decision before breast augmentation New York City.

#1: Consider Incision Location

The location of the incision is vital for determining the risk to the milk ducts, nipple, and other structures necessary for breastfeeding. The traditional inframammary fold incision poses little to mild risk whereas the periareolar incision comes with the most risk of cutting of breastfeeding capabilities.

The breast augmentation incision location with the lowest risk of causing breastfeeding issues is the transaxillary breast augmentation which involves placing the breast implant through a small incision in the armpit. This approaches the breast and breast tissue well away from the milk producing parts of the breast.

#2: Consider What Other Procedures Are Being Performed

Out of the most common cosmetic breast procedures, breast augmentation is the one with the lowest risk of affecting breastfeeding. In comparison, a breast lift and breast reduction each almost always disrupt breastfeeding ability. If a patient is undergoing a breast augmentation with lift surgery, they can ultimately expect not to breastfeed in the future.

With that said, it is not guaranteed that patients will lose breastfeeding capabilities. Some patients who undergo a breast lift or breast reduction successfully breastfeed in the future. Dr. Blyer does also have surgical methods for lifting the breasts that reduce risk to vital structures of the breast.

#3: Consider If You Are Going To Breastfeed In The Future

Women of all ages undergo breast augmentation in New York City. However, many women only consider breast surgery after having children because pregnancy may cause major changes in the look of the breasts. Thus, for the average woman of 35 or over who already has kids or does not want them, breastfeeding ability may not be a primary concern. Additionally, young women who do not want children or are not attached to breastfeeding their kids often have few concerns about this as well.


For the patients concerned about being able to breastfeed after a breast augmentation New York City, schedule a consultation with Dr. Scott Blyer, aka DrBfixin. He will work with patients to customize a breast augmentation plan that minimizes risks to functional structures of the breasts. Most women who want to breastfeed after breast augmentation surgery will have no issues doing so. Additionally, Dr. B is a highly skilled cosmetic breast surgeon and has helped many people achieve their ideal breast appearance.

To learn more, call us at 631-232-2636. Patients can also reach out online via chat or contact form.

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Dr. Scott Blyer
Dr. Scott Blyer, also known as DrBfixin, is a Cosmetic Surgeon in NY with three board certifications and over 16 years of expertise. He honed his skills at institutions like Penn State, Stony Brook, and North Shore University Hospital and pursued an advanced fellowship in Texas.
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