Breast Implants is no longer a surgery for women who are done giving birth to children. It is now being done mostly by women who are still unmarried or who are still in the process of childbearing. The period of pregnancy is a unique stage in the life of every woman. It comes with some remarkable changes to the body of the woman. These changes also include a change in the size, texture, and sensitivity of the breasts. Scientifically, the importance of breastfeeding infants has repeatedly been hammered. For this reason, it is necessary to know if breast implants have negative impacts.
The purpose of this article is to look at the correlation between implants and breastfeeding and how it is related to the health of the baby during and after infancy.
How do breast implants affect breastfeeding?
Breast implants can affect breastfeeding negatively in two ways. First, the surgery may in some occasions cause the milk-producing glands to be partially or completely damaged. This may result in the loss of the breasts’ ability to produce sufficient milk or any milk at all (in extreme cases). Secondly, breast implants can cause the breast to leak during the process of breastfeeding.
Related to this is the problem of incisions. Incisions can occur during the process of the surgery. When incisions occur, the milk glands may be negatively affected. And it may even extend to the milk ducts and the nerves in the breast area. Also, the blood supply in the breast may be limited. All these will have adverse effects on breastfeeding.
When the breast does not produce enough milk for the baby, it will naturally lead to the more persistent use of supplements which does not supply enough nutrients when compared to the breast milk. This condition may persist for the whole breastfeeding period. This means that for a whole month, the child can be denied essential nutrients. Also, the breast may begin to produce milk immediately after the birth of the child; but, needs some medical conditions. An example is a condition called ‘mastitis.’ Fever and some intense pains can accompany this.
Can you breastfeed with implants?
However, even though the rate of production of milk may be greatly reduced, this does not mean that breastfeeding itself is impossible with implants. Many are afraid that the chemicals (salt water, silicone) from the implants will mix with the breast and may hurt the child. But research has shown that this is not the case. Therefore, breastfeeding can occur with the breast implants on
But this also depends on the type of surgery and the size of the implants. Before making a decision, it is important to consult with a doctor that will assess your peculiar situation. This then becomes a decision you have to make in conjunction with your health expert.
Can damaged glands, ducts, and nerves heal?
Breast implants result in damaged milk glands and ducts. But this damage is not necessarily permanent. The milk-producing glands, the ducts and the nerves around the area can heal up after a while. This means that in some cases only the first child after the implant may have an issue with short supply of milk.
Apart from the healing of the glands and ducts, the glandular tissues produced as a result of pregnancy coupled with hormones released can help to ensure a deeper cure.
There are procedures of breast implants surgery ensure greatly reduce the risk of being unable to breastfeed; however, remember that reduce of risks are risks. With all this potential risk in mind, if you’re still bearing children may stay away from breast implants until you’ve done having kids. If the health of the child is precious to the mother, this might be the best option.