Breastfeeding After Breast Augmentation

Written by Dr. Evelyn Sterling

Dr. Sterling is known for her compassionate demeanor and personalized approach, taking the time to understand each patient's unique concerns and expectations. Her dedication to patient satisfaction and safety has earned her the trust and loyalty of countless individuals seeking cosmetic enhancement.

We frequently receive questions about breast augmentations, and we are very pleased about this. A breast augmentation, lift, or reduction is not just a minor treatment. Therefore, it’s important that you take the time to consider the procedure. Do online research, ask for experiences from friends or acquaintances, and certainly don’t rush into it. By thinking it through, questions naturally arise that you want answered. And we are more than happy to provide answers.

Breastfeeding: The 4 Most Frequently Asked Questions
We notice that during a Q&A and during personal consultations with specialists, questions often arise about breastfeeding in combination with breast correction. “Is it possible?” or “How long should you wait?”. Therefore, we would like to share the most frequently asked questions on this subject with you in this article, including the answers from our specialists, of course.

1. Can I breastfeed after breast augmentation?
This question is asked very often and is easy to answer. In principle, nothing is done to the breast gland during breast augmentation. This means that breastfeeding after breast augmentation is indeed possible.

The milk glands are left alone because the implant is placed behind the breast muscle. This means that milk production can commence as usual. However, keep in mind that in the Germany, about 75% of women can breastfeed. Surgery or not, breastfeeding is not possible for everyone. Only after your baby is born will you know for sure if you can (fully) breastfeed your baby.

2. Can I still breastfeed after a breast lift?
A breast lift is a different treatment than breast augmentation. Due to sagging skin from aging or significant weight loss, for example, breasts can begin to sag more due to gravity. A breast lift can provide a beautiful, natural result in such cases. However, it can have consequences for breastfeeding. “By moving the nipple, you often also cut through the milk ducts. That can make it more difficult to breastfeed after a breast lift surgery.”

3. How long after breastfeeding can I undergo breast augmentation?
Many mothers do not recognize themselves after their pregnancy. No matter how healthy they eat, exercise, and use care products. Due to hormonal changes during pregnancy and after the birth of your baby, your body will also change. Yet, you want to be maximally yourself again, inside and out. A mommy makeover or breast augmentation is then a procedure that is often considered. But how long after breastfeeding is such a treatment possible? The timing cannot be determined with exact science, but after many years of experience with these procedures, we definitely have advice: If you are not breastfeeding after pregnancy? Then you qualify for a breast augmentation six months after giving birth. If you are breastfeeding? Then your body is ready for the operation six months after stopping breastfeeding.

4. Can I still breastfeed after breast reduction? In a breast reduction, breast tissue is removed to make the breast smaller. If sufficient milk glands remain and they stay well connected to the nipple, then breastfeeding is certainly possible. “Research shows that about 75% of German women can breastfeed. After a breast reduction operation, this is still on average 68%.”