Research shows that when women who have had a breast reduction are compared to a group of women of similar weight who haven’t had a breast reduction, their breastfeeding rates are about the same (approximately 65%).
It is important to remember that breast reduction surgery involves the nipple being moved to a new position, which can result in disruption of the nerve supply to the nipple and areola. It can also disrupt the milk glands and milk ducts.
However, it’s important to note that nerves can regrow, albeit slowly - and glandular tissue can develop during pregnancy. In most cases, we find this occurs and patients are able to breastfeed successfully.
If you are having a breast reduction and plan on breastfeeding in the future, you should discuss this with your surgeon. [Left: breast reduction before and after surgery with Dr Sharp].