Will Breast Reduction Affect My Ability to Breastfeed?

Breast Reduction New JerseyWhen we are asked about breastfeeding and breast reduction, our patients are usually in one of two situations. First, the New Jersey patient may be suffering from oversized breasts and wants to get the procedure before pregnancy causes them to expand even more with milk production. Second, the patient has already undergone breast reduction and is worried they may not be able to breastfeed if they get pregnant in the future. In these two situations, the answer is the same: it’s hard to know for sure, but the usual breast reduction technique is more likely not to disrupt a woman’s ability to breastfeed. Plus, for our patients who have not had their breast reduction yet, there are other considerations to take into account that we’re going to discuss here. If you have any questions about breastfeeding and breast reduction, New Jersey women should make sure to contact Dr. Comizio today at (973) 775-9248. You can also check out some video interviews with our past patients to get a better idea of the kind of world-class experience that you’ll get.

How It Works: Breast Reduction

New Jersey patients have told us that they’re met with surprise when they tell their friends and family they want to get a breast reduction. However, having overly large breasts can cause a wide range of issues including neck and back pain, bad posture, skin rashes, and more. Breast reduction is very effective at reducing these issues. Here’s how it works.

The first step is for Dr. Comizio to make an incision. As a woman, Dr. Comizio understands that is it critical to place as much of the incision in a location that is easily concealed under a bra or bikini top.

From there, she will begin removing excess breast tissue. This includes fat, skin, and glandular tissue. Now, the glandular tissue is the actual breast structure. It includes things like milk ducts and lobules that actually produce the milk.

Dr. Comizio will then start to reshape the breasts so that they are perky, youthful, and smaller. If the breasts have begun to sag, she will also lift the nipple to a more youthful position.

Breast Reduction and Breastfeeding

As we mentioned above, in order to reduce the size of the breasts, Dr. Comizio has to remove some of the fat and breast tissue during the breast reduction. But that tissue often includes structures essential to the production of milk, like the milk ducts and the lobules that produce the milk. Whether or not you’re able to breastfeed afterwards depends on how much breast tissue Dr. Comizio needs to remove to meet your goals. Now, there are ways that Dr. Comizio can leave blood supply and nerves intact that will increase the chances that you’ll be able to breastfeed.

However, one of the things that New Jersey patients will discuss with Dr. Comizio is whether or not it is a better idea to wait until after pregnancy to have the procedure. Not only will this allow you to breastfeed, but during the pregnancy, your breasts may change or increase in size in unpredictable ways. However, some of our New Jersey patients with large breasts inform us that they are unable to breastfeed despite having very large breasts. In general, there are no guarantees even without surgery for New Jersey women to have the ability to breastfeed.

But for New Jersey women that have already had a breast reduction, there is still hope. There is a good chance you can still breastfeed even though you had breast reduction surgery unless you had a free nipple graft technique – surgery where the nipple is completely detached from the remainder of the breast and grafted onto the breast exactly like a skin graft. This is a less common form of breast reduction and is used in extremely large breasts.

Why Our Patients Love Working with Dr. Comizio

Not only is Dr. Comizio an awarding-winning surgeon, having been named a top plastic surgeon 5 years in a row by the Consumers’ Research Council of America, but she has also developed a revolutionary new “shared decision-making” system of patient care. Our patients absolutely love how Dr. Comizio listens to their concerns and then works with them to develop a treatment plan that works for them. On top of that, our patients get some of the absolute finest results working with Dr. Comizio for their breast reduction. New Jersey patients have been able to totally change their lives and reduce pain in their neck and back with this procedure.

Give us a call today at (973) 775-9248 to get started and learn more.