How Breast Enlargement Affects Breastfeeding

Many of our Scottsdale breast enlargement patients are curious to know how breast enlargement will affect their ability to breastfeed in the future. Most women with breast implants are fully capable of breastfeeding their infants.


If you are planning a family in the future, you should discuss your desire to breastfeed and how pregnancy can affect your breast augmentation with Dr. Brown during your consultation. He will recommend the best incision options to ensure that the milk ducts and related nerves are not damaged during your surgery.

Some research has indicated that a periareolar incision may increase the risk for the inability to breastfeed with breast implants. However, other studies have concluded that the risk is the same for all incision types. This is one of the many reasons it is important to select an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Richard Brown for your procedure.

Breastfeeding is a personal choice made by every mother. Even women without breast implants can have difficulties with breastfeeding. You may want to seek the advice of a lactation consultant for tips and techniques for a successful breastfeeding experience for you and your child.


In the past, concerns have arisen about the safety of breastfeeding with silicone implants. These concerns are unfounded. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has conducted several studies and found no link between silicone breast implants and any health problems in children. The silicon levels in women with and without implants are not distinguishable.

In fact, the amount of silicon present in women’s bodies is less than what is normally found in infant formula and dairy milk. Breastfeeding your baby may be the healthiest and most nurturing option.