Breast Feeding After a Breast Reduction; Is it Possible?

Breast reduction surgeries are growing in popularity. According to the American society of plastic surgeons’ website, breast reductions increased 11% from 2016 to 2017, and have held steady since. A breast reduction (also known as reduction mammoplasty) removes excess fat, tissue and skin from the breasts. A reduction rearranges your own natural tissue to give you a more proportionate size along with improved shape as well as giving you a lift. Most patients looking into this procedure experience chronic back pain, neck pain, and consistent migraines. They also have a difficult time with everyday tasks, such as exercising, due to large chest size. Breast reductions are not recommended for smokers or anyone that is overweight. If you are considering losing weight, Dr. Ghaderi recommends waiting till you have achieved your weight loss goal.

One common question many potential breast reduction patients have is if they can breast feed after the procedure. This question proves difficult to answer, but here’s what we know. You may have a genetic predisposition that prevents you from breast feeding.  If you haven’t had any children, you would not know that yet.

Also, breast reduction surgery removes the breast tissue and glands that produce breast milk which can make it more difficult to breast feed.  This does not mean it is impossible to breast feed post breast reduction, but it may not be possible. If breast feeding is very important to you, Dr. Ghaderi recommends that you postpone your breast reduction until after you are done having kids.

If you have been considering breast reduction surgery and still have questions regarding the possibility to breast feed post procedure, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ghaderi. He spends one on one time with you to go over the procedure in detail and addresses any concerns you may have.