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Breast Augmentation Post Breastfeeding

If you’re like most women, you’ve probably had a breast augmentation procedure at some point in your life. But what if you’re wondering if it’s safe to have this surgery after breastfeeding?

If so, we have some good news: Some plastic surgeons will perform breast augmentation procedures on women who have recently given birth and are still breastfeeding their babies. This kind of plastic surgery is known as “lactation-friendly” or “post-pregnancy” breast enhancement.

And it may be a good option for women who want to enhance the size and appearance of their breasts after breastfeeding, but don’t want to use implants or other types of padding that may harm their baby during nursing sessions (such as tape or silicone gel products).

Why Breastfeeding Can Affect Breast Augmentation Recovery Times

When it comes to cosmetic surgery, there are two main reasons why women choose not to undergo these procedures while they are still breastfeeding: one involves safety concerns related to anesthesia; the other relates more directly to how surgery affects milk production.

For example, some studies suggest that the use of general anesthesia during breast augmentation surgery can temporarily reduce milk production by up

Breast Augmentation Post Breastfeeding

How Soon After Pregnancy Can I Get a Breast Augmentation?

Pregnancy and breastfeeding can take a toll on a Munster woman’s breasts. Many postpartum women find that they have breasts that are deflated and sagging, and they just want to regain their pre-pregnancy body as soon as possible. But, how soon do you have to wait to get a breast augmentation after pregnancy? Read on as board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frank of Munster’s Robert Frank Plastic Surgery explains.

Getting a Postpartum Breast Augmentation if You Are Breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding can be a rewarding experience for Munster mothers. But as much as a nursing Munster mother may want to regain her pre-pregnancy body, breastfeeding mothers should not get a breast augmentation while they are still nursing. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frank of Robert Frank Plastic Surgery typically recommends that nursing mothers wait 3 to 6 months after they have stopped lactating to get a breast augmentation. This will allow the breasts to “settle” after breastfeeding.
Once you have waited 3 to 6 months after finishing nursing, you are free to get a breast augmentation. And even better news, if you have additional children in the future, you will likely still be able to breastfeed. Breast augmentations are completely safe for nursing, and mothers who may consider having and nursing additional children typically pick an inframammary incision (under the breast crease) for their breast implants to avoid any potential interference with milk ducts.

Getting a Postpartum Breast Augmentation if You Aren’t Breastfeeding.

If you choose not to breastfeed or for some medical reason cannot do so, you can get a breast augmentation much sooner after pregnancy. Dr. Frank of Munster’s Robert Frank Plastic Surgery typically recommends that non-nursing mothers wait about 3 months postpartum to have a breast augmentation. This waiting period is two-fold. First, even if you are not nursing, your body will initially make colostrum and breastmilk, and you need time for your body to “settle” from this milk production. Second, Dr. Frank recommends you take the time to recover from pregnancy and childbirth before undergoing an elective plastic surgery procedure.

Wait Until You Are Close to Your Ideal Weight Before Getting a Postpartum Breast Augmentation.

Even if you have met the recommend waiting period for getting a breast augmentation, you may still want to delay getting implants if you are still actively losing weight. This is so that your breast augmentation procedure will help create a balanced, aesthetically pleasing figure that you will be happy with for years to come. For example, if you are still several pounds away from your goal weight, but are actively losing weight, you may find that you picked breast implants that are larger than you want, or don’t look natural on your goal weight body.

Why I’m Considering Breast Augmentation After Breastfeeding 4 Kids

There are many, many things no one bothers to tell you about pregnancy, motherhood, and breastfeeding. What’s one of the biggest? The wringer your poor boobs go through.

Sure, there’s talk of how “your body will never be the same,” but that’s usually in reference to stretch marks, or a soft belly, or the fact that you’re at serious risk of accidentally peeing your pants if you laugh too suddenly. For me, the real shock — every time! — was weaning each of my four babies and going from modestly endowed to prepubescent in the span of a few days.

And that’s why I’m considering breast augmentation.

Cup half full

I’ve never been particularly big-breasted, and it never really mattered to me. Around age 12, I remember eyeing my mother’s chest, which I later learned had a surgical boost, and feeling downright apprehensive. I mean, how are you supposed to run with those things?

Fast forward a few years, and I had a small pair of my own that was just fine. They didn’t get in the way, didn’t get me any unwanted attention, and there was enough there that I wasn’t pancake flat. I was perfectly content with the situation for years, and my boyfriend-turned-fiancé-turned-husband never made me feel anything but beautiful.

But then, at 28, I got pregnant with our first baby. One of the first changes I noticed, along with general nausea, was my swelling chest. As a first-timer, my baby belly took a while to pop, which just made my new cup size all the more noticeable. I started small, and the change wasn’t huge, but it felt like a big difference to me.

Suddenly, I was actually filling out a bra properly. I felt feminine and I really liked the balance that a bigger chest gave my figure. That all went to hell pretty quickly as my belly started making some serious progress, but my breasts grew pretty proportionally, which was nice.

The disappearing act

I had my first serious case of engorgement in the first few days after delivery, and it was horrendous. I remember standing in the shower, wincing as I tried to raise my arms to shampoo my hair and feeling pretty much horrified by these swollen, rock-hard boulders. I remember thinking, This is why I’d never, ever get a boob job.

The recovery of an elective procedure like that freaked me out, and I’ve heard that surgeons always go too big. But things settled down, as they do, and then I enjoyed the benefits of a bosom, basically for the first time.

Then came a few cycles of wean baby, get pregnant, nurse, wean baby, repeat. And I noticed that weaning my babies came at a cost, and I’m not just talking about the emotional roller coaster. In addition to feeling a little weepy that my baby was getting so big, the physical change brought me up short, every time.

In the span of about 72 hours from the last nursing session, my chest would essentially disappear. But it was even worse than that. Not only were they sadly deflated, but due to the loss of fatty tissue, they were saggy too — which just added insult to injury.

I weaned our last baby a few months ago. The slide to prepregnancy boobs is noticeably slower this time, but it’s definitely underway. After our third baby, I was so upset over the state of my chest that I called a local plastic surgeon for a consultation. It was an impulse move, and I ended up canceling the appointment. Instead, I searched online and found a few things.

I’m not alone

First, my situation is painfully common. I scrolled through forum after forum of women mourning the loss of their nursing C cups and debating cosmetic surgery to plump up their saggy AAs.

Second, I realized things could be worse. Uneven breast size is not uncommon after breastfeeding. At least I dodged that bullet. And from the freedom of going braless to sleeping flat on my belly, there really are benefits to a smaller chest.

I realized that a consultation for a breast enhancement is probably my smartest move. That way, I’d have clear answers to my questions about the procedure, the results, the recovery time, and the price tag.

I have no problem with cosmetic surgery for others. I just wonder if it’s something I’d actually do myself. The truth is, if you’d asked me a decade ago, I would have said no way. But on this side of 10 years, four kids, and all the experience that comes with it, I wonder.

I miss my full breasts. They made me feel womanly and sensual, and I felt like they gave my figure balance and proportion.

The final decision

At this point, I’m going to wait it out. I read somewhere that it can take up to a year after weaning for some of that lost breast tissue to return.

I don’t know how accurate that is, but I like knowing that surgical enhancement is an option if things don’t improve and I just can’t find peace with it. For now, that’s enough.

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