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Can I breast feed after Breast Reduction Surgery?

Generally, if you haven’t completed your family then it would be wise to avoid this surgery. The reason for this is, when you become pregnant, then your breasts will increase in size and therefore negate the effects of the surgery.

Breast reduction surgery can damage nerves and milk-producing ducts and glands, making breastfeeding difficult. Providing your nipple and areola are still attached to the breast tissue beneath them, then there is a greater likelihood that you’ll be able to nurse.

However, if the nipple was removed and then placed on a reconstructed breast, damage to the nerves, milk ducts, and breast tissue may  diminish sensation in your nipples and subsequently reduce/limit your milk flow. The nerve supply to the nipples are vital to breastfeeding as they trigger the release of hormones that affect milk production and let-down. The overall length of time since surgery has an effect also and the longer it’s been since the surgery, the more sensation you’re likely to have in your nipple and areola and the more milk you’re likely to produce.

How your milk supply is affected won’t really be known until you start trying to nurse. If you still have feeling in the nipple following the surgery and prior to becoming pregnant then you have a much better chance of having a full supply. There are several groups out there who help and guide ladies/couples who have had breast reductions and are nursing or trying to nurse.

Also let your baby’s doctor know about your surgery. They will need to keep a close eye on your baby’s weight gain.

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