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Breast Feeding

Many women opt for breast implants to augment their breasts without realizing that breastfeeding can pose many painful conditions and difficulties. When you have a surgery, the ability to breastfeed might get impaired when placing the implants in breasts as there are incisions around the breast and aureole. As such, many women resort to formula based food feeding, which may not be an ideal situation for their babies since nothing can be ever a substitute for mother’s milk.

Types Of Breast Implants And Methods Of Insertion

Saline-filled or silicone gel filled implants are most commonly used for breast augmentation. The incisions are made around or on the areola, the dark area surrounding the nipple, which has the most likelihood of damaging or cutting the nerves or milk ducts. The other way of placing the implants is through the incisions made under the breasts or in the armpits in which the implants are placed behind the milk ducts causing less chances of damages to milk ducts or nerves.

Disadvantages Of Implants

After implants insertion, one may be able to produce enough milk but breastfeeding with breast implants at times become difficult since milk might face hurdles travelling to nipples through the damaged ducts. If there is any nerve damage on the nipple and areola during the surgery, the milk production might get affected since the dmaged nerves might not able to transmit signals to brain for releasing the hormones, Oxytocin and Prolactin that are instrumental in producing and releasing breast milk.

Silicone breast implants have other major disadvantage is that of having likelihood of silicone leaking into breast milk. However, silicone implants are not very prevalent nowadays as they are mostly used in clinical studies. The more common implants are the silicone filled one as they do not pose many problems. Silicone content is not very easy to measure in breast milk. Nerve or milk duct damage can cause fullness or engorgement of the breast. While breastfeeding it is important to check whether the baby is getting sufficient milk and quantity even with breast implants. It is also important to check weight of the baby every week to ensure the same. If the baby is not getting sufficient milk through breastfeeding, one may have to give a supplement or breastfeeding formula to augment the nutritional requirements.

The supplements might be given through a bottle of formula which can be done once or more every day. A supplemental nursing system is also there through which a connective tube is attached to the formula filled container on one side and the nipple to the other side is taped when the baby has finished with your breast. By this the baby has enabled to get the supplement or formula as it continues to suckle the nipple of your breast. To get fuller look, one might be tempted to augment breasts and opt for the cosmetic enhancement program. But while considering this surgery, one must keep in mind whether this would be good for you or your baby in long run and whether you are ready to face problems regarding breastfeeding with breast implants.

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