Saline breast implants: Can you nurse?

I had saline breast implant surgery in March of 2000. I’m eight weeks pregnant. Will I be able to breastfeed without hurting my baby?

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You can breastfeed with the confidence that your implants will not harm your baby. The most common implant surgeries involve placing the implant behind the breast tissue, either in front of or behind the chest muscle. Scar tissue forms to encapsulate the implant, separating it from the breast tissue. This process takes some time (up to two years) and helps protect the implant. An examination by your doctor can alert you if your implant has ruptured or moved. Even if you are experiencing problems with your implants, it may not affect your ability to breastfeed or the health of your baby.

Establishing breastfeeding may be a bit challenging following surgery. Women with implants tend to be more susceptible to engorgement, which can cause poor milk supply or breast inflammation. This makes regular breast draining more crucial. Frequent feedings starting from birth may help to prevent these problems. Attend a breastfeeding class before childbirth to help you get off to a good start and seek expert assistance quickly if you encounter any difficulty.

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