Does Areola Corrective Surgery Impact Breastfeeding?
Does Areola Corrective Surgery Impact Breastfeeding?
A common question received at the Dr Lanzer Clinic is if areola corrective surgery has an impact on breastfeeding. To learn more about areola corrective surgery – and find out if it could affect breastfeeding – please read the information provided by the Dr Lanzer Clinic below.
Can a Woman Who Had Areola Corrective Surgery Breastfeed Her Baby?
The short answer to this question is yes. A woman who had areola corrective surgery can breastfeed her child and is even encouraged to do so by medical professionals. Breastmilk contains numerous antibodies that protect the baby’s health, so even if the woman in question can only give a little, it will still benefit the baby.
We do need to mention that each woman is different, so while some women might be able to breastfeed as normal, other women can only produce little colostrum (first milk) after areola corrective surgery. However, mothers who had areola corrective surgery and intend to breastfeed should notify caregivers about this. By doing so, caregivers can keep track of the mother’s milk supply.
Even though most women can breastfeed their baby after areola corrective surgery, there could be complications after surgery which could prevent a woman from breastfeeding. There are also some indications that women who had their surgery at least five years before becoming pregnant could produce better milk supply than those who had it closer to giving birth. Still, since every person is unique, this is something that is impossible to predict.
What Types of Cosmetic Surgery Could Affect Breastmilk Production or Supply?
Any type of cosmetic surgery that involves cutting milk ducts and nerves situated inside the breasts can affect a woman’s ability to produce breastmilk. Therefore, procedures that could affect breastmilk production includes procedures such as breast augmentation, breast lift and nipple lift. There are also certain diagnostic procedures that could cause a woman to produce less or no breastmilk.
As a rule, the ability of a woman to produce breastmilk is less affected when the surgeon leaves the nipple and the areola attached to the breast. However, the depth of the incision a surgeon makes during a procedure can still impact breastmilk production.
Is There Anything That Can be Done to Increase the Production of Breastmilk?
Most medical professionals state that the key to getting as much breastmilk as possible is to derive the milk during the first two weeks after giving birth. Therefore, the natural breastfeeding process will do what it does best the natural way. Breasts tend to produce more milk when breastmilk is removed, so the body can work out how much breastmilk the baby will need during the first two weeks.
Women can also derive breastmilk in another way, mainly through manual expression. Mothers can use a manual expression method or pump after each breastfeed. These methods are commonly used if the baby refuses to breastfeed during the first couple of days after delivering, or if the mother feels that the baby did not get enough during the breastfeeding session.
In conclusion, emptying the breast is the ideal way to promote breastmilk production. Still, breastfeeding your baby is always more effective than using manual expression or a breast pump where milk production is concerned. Some mothers might recommend other alternative methods too; this includes herbal remedies and relaxation techniques. However, before you use any herbal remedies, always contact caregivers first to make sure they won’t affect the breastmilk and your baby.
Can a Nursing Mother Use Formula in Combination with Breastfeeding If She Lacks Breastmilk Supply?
Yes, this is also referred to as mixed feeding. Some mothers cannot produce the amount of breastmilk their growing child needs. When this occurs, caregivers can recommend supplementing breastmilk with a supplemental nursing system or formula.
Before you decide not to breastfeed, or to choose a combination of formula and breastfeeding, always contact your child’s paediatrician or your midwife first. Since breastfeeding is most beneficial for children, formula-fed children may require additional monitoring.
Discover Areola Reduction Advantages!
An increasingly large amount of female patients now opt for Areola Reduction Surgery. Still, the majority of women is able to breastfeed after areola reduction if they follow the advice of their cosmetic surgeon and other caregivers.
If you’re looking to having this treatment done, get a free consultation with Dr Lanzer.
How Does a Mother Know Breastfeeding Is Successful?
Successful breastfeeding is not always measured by the amount of milk produced by the mother, because even using a supplemental feeding device in combination with breastfeeding could be successful. The real joy of breastfeeding is also the skin-to-skin contact with the baby, which is often forgotten when the focus lies on nutrition. Still, the contact between you and the baby is also very important for their further development.
Could a Nipple Piercing Affect Breastmilk Supply?
Mums who obtained a nipple piercing recently could encounter problems during breastfeeding. A recent nipple piercing could be an indication that the nipple hasn’t healed fully yet, subsequently increasing the chance of infection. If the mother had her nipple piercing for years, she should remove it during the second trimester of her pregnancy to avoid problems later. The nipple piercing should also be removed during breastfeeding, because the piercing itself is a choking hazard for the baby. If you are concerned about the influence of your nipple piercing on breastfeeding, please contact your local doctor for more information.
Should I Hold Off on Areola Reduction?
If you intend to have a baby within the next year and if you intend to breastfeed that baby, it is recommended to hold off on your areola reduction. Many women also decide to hold off on the surgery until they no longer want any more children.
In some cases, women have the surgery before having children. However, most surgeons will recommend having the surgery several years before the patient intends on having children; this gives the body time to heal and adjust. Based on the information provided above, it is evident that there could be complications that have an impact on breastmilk production.
Where Can I Go If I Have Questions or Concerns About Breastfeeding?
There are numerous organisations and websites you can go to when you have questions or concerns about breastfeeding. Some of the online resources available include the Australian Breastfeeding Association, Healthdirect and Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond.
Do you have any questions or concerns about having your areola reduction procedure in relation to breastfeeding? Or do you have any questions about another procedure that could impact the production of breastmilk? Feel free to contact the Dr Lanzer Clinic for additional information.
Patients can benefit from a no-obligation consultation, where they can discuss the possibilities of the areola reduction. Alternatively, patients can contact the Dr Lanzer Clinic to obtain more information about the areola reduction. To contact our team, simply use one of the available contact methods on our website.