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breast feeding and breast reduction surgery

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.

 

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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].

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