It’s National Breastfeeding Week and we’ve had lots of patients getting in touch to ask us questions.

When thinking about having a cosmetic surgery procedure there are a lot of factors you need to consider before you go ahead. For many women, being able to breastfeed is an important factor in their decision to have breast surgery, and there is a common myth out there that all women who have breast implants are unable to breastfeed.

For those mothers who are worrying about breastfeeding post surgery and for those patients who are looking to start a family in the future, MYA want to make it all a little bit easier, by answering the most frequently asked questions when it comes to breastfeeding.

Can you breastfeed with implants?

MYA Surgeon:

“Yes, it is possible to breastfeed with implants – the majority of women who have had breast implants are able to breastfeed successfully with no issues at all.

However it is possible for some women to experience difficulty, which can be down to a variety of reasons, such as; if you have very large implants breastfeeding may be impaired, if the woman suffers from mastitis, or if the patient experienced a complication relating to their implants (e.g. capsular contracture).”

How long to breastfeed for? 

Nicola, a clinic nurse at MYA: “According to the NHS, it’s recommended that you breastfeed your baby exclusively for 4- 6 months if you are able to. Research has shown that breast milk contains all the essential nourishment for baby to thrive without having to introduce formula or solids until around this time.

However, it doesn’t mean you should stop breastfeeding when you get to six months as continuing has great benefits to you and your baby.”

Benefits for baby include:

1) It builds up antibodies in your baby’s blood to fight against infections and certain illnesses such as asthma.

2) It is gentler on your baby’s stomach and reduces the risk of gastroenteritis.

3) It helps prevent glue ear and dental caries.

Benefits for Mum include:

1) It reduces the risk of osteoporosis and breast & ovarian cancer

2) Helps Mums regain their pre-pregnancy figures quicker

3) It is a cheaper and more convenient option. It’s also environmentally friendly.

4) There are many other benefits outside of nutrition too; for example, it helps to reassure your bond and comfort your growing baby, even when they are a toddler, and gives you a chance to sit down and relax

5) The benefits of breastfeeding are more than just about nutrition, it helps to reassure the bond with your baby, and is a great way to comfort your growing baby, even when they are a toddler. It also gives you a chance to sit down and relax

Not everyone is able to naturally breastfeed and that’s ok too

If you are comfortable with breastfeeding, there is no need to stop until you or your baby are ready to. There is no fixed endpoint. In fact, the World Health Organisation recommends continued breastfeeding, along with other nutritional sources, for two years or more – however it truly is a personal decision between you and your baby.

Mums shouldn’t, however, be made to feel guilty or seen as a failure if they decide to give their baby formula, as not all women are naturally able to breastfeed and some women find it too painful. We believe that Mothers know best and ultimately you know what is best for your baby, so whatever works for you, we support!

Can you breastfeed with nipple piercings?

Nicola, a clinic nurse at MYA explains: “I would strongly advise removing any form of piercings in the nipple before breastfeeding. It would be uncomfortable for the baby, as they would experience metal in the mouth when sucking. There is also a chance of the piercings blocking the nipple ducts.”

Share your breastfeeding pictures in support of World Breast Feeding Week and #MYASelfie

Thanks to MYAGirl @C.d.r.91 for sending us her beautiful breastfeeding photos. Stay tuned for her pregnancy post-surgery blog to follow soon!

If you have any other questions about breastfeeding with implants, please contact your patient coordinator or nurse.