Would you get implants?

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Would you get implants?
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Sun, 01-15-2012 - 2:19am

If your breasts were smaller than what you would really like, would you consider getting implants?

If so, would you wait until you had finished having children, so it would not have the potential to interfere with breastfeeding, or get it as soon as possible?

Are your thoughts on this matter in any way related to having breastfed?

Just a hypothetical, but I was thinking about this after reading about the scare from the French-made implants that contained industrial grade silicon rather than the required medical grade. Women in France are being told to have them removed, but women here in Australia are being told not to worry. There have been a number of ruptures of these particular implants.

Teresa

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Sun, 01-15-2012 - 2:22am

I like my breasts. They fluctuate in size as at the moment I am fairly overweight. When I have been slim, they are smaller than I would perhaps desire. But, I would not get implants. I think having breastfed, I see my breasts as purposeful and love them for that, and accept the size they are. Perhaps if I had never breastfed, I would not have the same relationship, and may be more dis-satisfied with them if they were 'smaller' than I would like.

Teresa

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Sun, 01-15-2012 - 8:58am

Smaller than I wanted? It's hard to imagine! LOL I was a C cup even as a teen, and they just grew from there! =:O

However, just like I would not get a reduction, I would not get implants - especially with all the risks involved. I recall years ago there were problems with implants causing problems, so it would never have been something I would do, even if I had never BF.

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 11:39am

I'm with Witch_power and am on the larger side in terms of breast size, but even though i always wanted a breast reduction I didn't because I didn't want it to interfere with breastfeeding.

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Registered: 03-16-2010
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 1:34pm
I don't think I'd ever get implants, but I've never been in the shoes of someone with very small breasts, do I guess I can't totally know how I'd feel if that were my situation.

I have always had very large breasts, which I hate, and while nursing they have grown to J cups, which I *really* hate. I would only consider reduction if I were having serious back problems that couldn't be addressed another way. If that were the case, I doubt breastfeeding would be much of a factor, though In not sure.
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Registered: 04-13-2008
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 4:56pm

It sounds like I should have asked about reductions as well!

Mine are not large enough for such discomfort to seek reduction. Knowing my DIL who is a J cup and has not had children yet, I can understand why she has such discomfort, that she is prepared to consider reduction, but not until after her children. She does not want the risk of it interefering with breastfeeding.

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Registered: 03-16-2010
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 7:51pm
teresagem wrote:
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Registered: 04-13-2008
Tue, 01-17-2012 - 10:26pm

That is really ironic isn't it. When you consider that at least for a while, many women find their breasts are even larger when they breastfeed. If someone is a J cup already, what do they do if they can't get good nursing bras? There must be a market. One of my elderly aunts used to maker her own bras before she died about 15 years ago. They were taught that as a skill at primary school in the early 1920s. She had a large cup size and continued to sew her own bras for the rest of her life. They were well constructed and good quality.

Teresa

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Registered: 02-16-2008
Thu, 01-19-2012 - 9:55am
I would have no desire to get implants, breastfeeding or no. I really don't see the point in altering my body artificially to meet a standard of beauty set by society. And besides, DH says more than a handful is a waste anyway. ;)

If it was something I would consider, I would definitely wait until I knew FOR SURE I would never breastfeed again...so menupause, I guess? At that point, I don't think I would be adopting infants either, so no adoptive breastfeeding at that point either.

I do have a friend on another board who had an implant rupture. Her biggest concern was that having it reinflated would interfere with her marathon training since she would have to take a few days off. The thought of having a foreign object burst inside me makes me shudder.
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Registered: 06-10-2008
Sun, 01-22-2012 - 12:57pm
I'm sufficiently afraid of surgery that I would never consider any kind of plastic surgery. I would consider reduction only if I was so well endowed that it was causing me significant pain.
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Registered: 04-13-2008
Sun, 01-22-2012 - 3:49pm
dietdrpepperfan wrote:
I'm sufficiently afraid of surgery that I would never consider any kind of plastic surgery. I would consider reduction only if I was so well endowed that it was causing me significant pain.

I can see that if a person was suffering significant issues from large breasts, that they would consider a reduction. For that reason, a reduction is in a different category to enlargment. One is cosmetic - although I can see a place for it as part of reconstruction after other surgery. Whereas reduction I can see could assist the health of a person such as with the back pain from very large breasts.

I am wondering if we accept our own body image of our breasts more after breastfeeding? Having seen the changes in them, and also valued the nurturing aspect of them.

Teresa

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