Breastfeeding Will breast augmentation impact breastfeeding?

I am considering getting breast augmentation. I'd like to know if this affects breastfeeding? I breastfed my nine-month-old daughter and would like to have one more child in the next couple of years.

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Even though women who have had breast augmentation can experience and enjoy nursing their babies, breast surgery may negatively affect a mother's milk supply. Women who have had breast surgery are three times more likely to experience insufficient milk supply than women who have not had this type of surgery. If the surgery includes an incision around the areola, a nursing mother is five times more likely to have an insufficient milk supply (Neifert et al 1990). Consequently, many mothers who have had breast surgery will need to use a nursing supplementer at the breast or supplement their babies in another manner.

I would recommend that you wait to have augmentation done until you've weaned your next baby. Breast changes during pregnancy might also affect the augmentation, so cosmetically, it may also be prudent to wait ... just for a while. Best wishes!

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