Can I breastfeed if I'm…
If you have any concerns about breastfeeding – you should always talk to your midwife or health visitor. Our Breastfeeding help and support page has details of different websites and helplines where you can get confidential advice and support.
Breastfeeding with breast implants
It is possible for you to breastfeed with implants – but it does depend on the size and placement of the implants and the type of surgery you've had. If the incisions are under the fold of the breast or through your armpit, you should not have any problems breastfeeding. But if the incision is around the areola, you may have problems as there's a chance the milk ducts have been cut.
There's no real way of knowing until you try breastfeeding. You might be able to produce some of the milk your baby needs and then supplement with first infant formula milk. It's a good idea to let your GP or health visitor know if you have breast implants, so they can keep an eye on your baby's weight and make sure they're getting enough milk.
Breastfeeding Friend from Start for Life
The Breastfeeding Friend, a digital tool from Start for Life, has lots of useful information and expert advice to share with you – and because it's a digital tool, you can access it 24 / 7.
You may have a couple of side effects because of your implants, including more intense breast engorgement (when your breast is hard, swollen and feels full). If you get mastitis, the pain and fever may be slightly worse than for other women. If you're worried about any of these symptoms, speak to your midwife, health visitor or GP. Read more about mastitis symptoms here.
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