Topic Overview

Women who have had breast implants or surgery to remove cysts or
benign (noncancerous) lumps usually are able to
breastfeed.

Women who have had surgery to make their breasts smaller (breast
reduction) may have trouble breastfeeding if the milk ducts were cut or
removed during surgery. These women may wish to consult their surgeons to
determine whether this is a problem. They also are encouraged to see a
lactation consultant before delivery. The consultant will then know to watch the mother
and baby closely.

A woman who has had surgery to treat breast cancer and who is
planning to become pregnant and breastfeed should discuss possible problems
with her cancer specialist (oncologist). Depending on the type of cancer and
the kind of treatment she had, she may still be able to breastfeed.

Other Places To Get Help

Organizations

La Leche League International
www.llli.org

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Women’s Health
www.hrsa.gov/womenshealth/index.html

Related Information

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD – Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD – Obstetrics and Gynecology

Current as ofMarch 16, 2017