Breastfeeding your child when you have breast implants is quite possible. The advice of the attending physician and the surgeon is always advised, as with everything concerning our health, but for all women who still have questions, the American site Mind Body Green provides simple answers:
Can silicone gel pass into milk?
A study, reported by the site, measured the amount of silicone in the milk of breastfeeding women with implants. The researchers found no difference to the milk of women without implants, and they counted more nutrients in it than in infant milk or in cow’s milk.
Do implants make breastfeeding more difficult?
Another study, conducted in Argentina, compared the success rate of breastfeeding in hospital, right after birth, among women with implants and those without. They found no significant difference, although women without implants appeared to have been successful in breastfeeding at a higher frequency.
Are there any exceptions?
“If a woman with implants chooses to breastfeed, she does it the same as any other woman. This goes for both silicone gel and saline prostheses,” explains Dr. Lara Devgan, a surgeon specializing in post-cancer breast reconstruction. In some isolated cases, implants can prevent or limit breastfeeding, but the rate remains very low, unlike the scarring problems caused by nipple piercings and breast reduction procedures.