Silicone Leaking in Breast Milk
An experienced plastic surgeon will tell you that the best time to undergo surgery to improve your breasts is when you are done having children and you are close to your normal weight. This way, we eliminate two of the most important factors that can negatively affect the appearance of the breasts: pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight fluctuations.
However, when it comes to breast augmentation, many women want to get the breasts of their dreams as soon as possible and don’t want to wait until their family is complete. Many patients undergoing breast implant surgery are in their 20s or early 30s and don’t have children. This means that many patients interested in undergoing breast implant surgery ask about the effects of having breast implants on a potential ulterior pregnancy and how it might affect the baby and breastfeeding.
There is a combination of factors that determine if the patient can breastfeed or not after getting breast implants. Before anything else, we should mention the importance of allowing at least one year or two to pass after breast implant surgery before getting pregnant as the breasts need time to heal. Moreover, if the periareolar incision was used to insert the implants, this means that the tissues connecting the nipple to the milk duct network in the mammary gland might have been injured. The sensitivity of the nipple is an important factor when it comes to breastfeeding, and it is possible for the patient to be left with changes in breast sensitivity after a breast augmentation procedure. In most cases, the changes in sensitivity are temporary.
Another concern for patients undergoing breast implant surgery is whether there will silicone leaking in the breast milk. In 2001, the American Pediatric Academy made a statement about silicone breast implants and their implications on breastfeeding. The conclusion was that there is not enough proof for silicone implants to contraindicate breastfeeding. Moreover, the silicone implants we use nowadays are FDA-approved and this means that they are safe to use both for the mother and the baby.
If you are concerned about silicone leaking in the breast milk, you should know that silicone is one of the most common elements we can find on earth, and it is present on a wide scale everywhere. This is why it is difficult to detect the presence of silicone in breast milk. Moreover, it was also the American Pediatric Association which mentioned that the presence of silicone is more considerable in cow milk and formula than in the milk of women with silicone implants.
While breastfeeding might be problematic or more difficult for women with large breast implants, there is no danger for the baby to have breastmilk from a mother who has silicone implants.
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