Nursing after Breast Surgery

Nursing After Breast Surgery
Nursing After Breast Surgery

I had a breast reduction 12 years ago and they left the nipple intact but took quite a bit of glandular tissue. I’m 5 weeks pregnant. Will I be able to breastfeed?


Dr. Greene’s Answer:

With breast reduction surgery, if the nipple is moved it severs the connections to the glands and afterwards nursing is exceedingly unlikely. But if the nipple is protected, most women can breastfeed well, even if a lot of glandular tissue was removed.

I recommend a meeting with a lactation consultant when possible. They can be so helpful at getting nursing going.

Refereneces: Breastfeeding. Eglash A – Dis Mon – 01-JUN-2008; 54(6): 343-411
Reviewed by: Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin, Stephanie D'Augustine
Last reviewed: September 04, 2008
Dr. Alan Greene

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