Can I breastfeed if I had a breast reduction?|
Many women who have had breast reductions are able to breastfeed, though most do not produce enough milk to nurse exclusively. It will depend in part on how extensive the reduction was, where the incision was made, and how the procedure was preformed. If care was taken to preserve milk ducts and nerve pathways, chances are good that you will be able to produce at least some milk. Check with your surgeon. You should also work with a lactation consultant who has experience in this area. You will also want to monitor closely the baby's growth and development, the number of wet diapers, and the number of dirty diapers each day. Work closely with your pediatrician to make sure your baby's needs are being met. Even if you have to supplement your baby's diet with formula, remember that your baby is still getting some of the extra benefits of breast milk.
Can I breastfeed if I had breast implants?
Breast augmentation is far less likely to interfere with breastfeeding than a breast reduction. Most women are able to produce sufficient milk to feed the baby. However, some women may not produce enough milk and will need to supplement with formula. Monitor closely your baby's growth and development, number of wet diapers, and the number of dirty diapers each day. Work closely with your pediatrician to make sure your baby's needs are being met.
My doctor says that I will have a cesarean birth, can I still breastfeed?
Yes, you can. You may find breastfeeding after a cesarean birth to be uncomfortable at first. There will be less pain if you try to avoid putting pressure on the incision area. One of these positions may help: place a pillow on your lap under the baby, lie on your side, or use the football hold (supported with a pillow). While at the hospital, work with the lactation consultant to find a position that feels best for you.
Can I have an occasional glass of wine while breastfeeding?
Yes, you can, but alcohol should be limited. Have a single drink only on occasion. Heavy drinking or binge drinking should always be avoided. It can make the baby drowsy and depress the nervous system. It will also slow motor development and reduce your milk supply. If you do have a drink, have it right after nursing and try not to nurse again for at least two hours.