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Everything You Need to Know about Breast Reduction & Breastfeeding

Published on May 12, 2022 by
Breast Feeding and Breast Reduction

Breast reductions can greatly improve quality of life. However, you might be concerned about whether or not one is compatible with your future plans. Yes, less back, shoulder and neck pain would be wonderful, but what if you want to breastfeed your future children?

The Key Facts about Breast Reduction and Breast Feeding

Breast reduction doesn’t guarantee you won’t be able to breastfeed in the future, but it might have a negative impact.

First, let’s start with the biggest fact you need to know: breastfeeding after breast reduction is possible. Just not in every case. Your surgeon needs to preserve the nerves and the milk duct system for it to work. And while there is a lot they can do to increase the chances of everything remaining intact, there is also a lot that is left up to chance.

So, what are potential side effects of breast reduction surgery that can impact breastfeeding?

  • Nipple Sensitivity: The way the nerves respond after surgery varies. You can end up with the same level of sensitivity, less or even more. If more, you might find that breastfeeding is simply too uncomfortable for you. If less, you may find it difficult to trigger letdown.
  • Reduced Milk Production: If the milk ducts are impacted, you may produce less milk than you would have otherwise. Some women even find they cannot produce any milk after a reduction.
  • Where the Incisions Are Placed: Incisions under the fold of the breast and in the armpit have less impact on milk production and letdown than those around the areola.
  • If You Need Nipple Repositioning: Sometimes, enough tissue is removed that the nipples must be moved for a natural look. If this happens, you are more likely to have problems breastfeeding.

So, should you get your reduction now or wait until you are done breastfeeding? Speak with Dr. Dellinger for personalized guidance. Call the office at 512-229-1978 or fill out our contact form.


Everything You Need to Know about Breast Reduction & Breastfeeding
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Everything You Need to Know about Breast Reduction & Breastfeeding
If you get a breast reduction, will it stop you from breastfeeding? Dr. David Dellinger at Elysian Plastic Surgery in Austin covers the key facts.
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