Breast implants: can they pose any danger to the baby while lactating?

Breast implants: can they pose any danger to the baby while lactating?

15th Oct 2018

As breast implants are often recommended to be placed at a younger age, a lot of women wonder if implants can pose any danger to a child while lactating. For sure you do not want your implants to interfere with your baby’s health. Rest assured, you are definitely in safe territory and so is your baby. There are two types of implants used for augmentation in the US that are approved by FDA: saline and silicone gel filler implants.

Saline implants and milk ducts

As you already figured it out from the name itself, saline implants use saline solution as a filler. It is made from salt water and molality, also known as molal concentration. Even if saline implants are more likely to rupture compared to silicone gel fillers implants, they are completely safe for your health and cannot harm your baby in any way. First of all, in the case of rupture, the saline solution will be absorbed by your body. On the other hand, when deflated, saline solution implants are easily spotted. Your breasts will suddenly become smaller and smaller, and it is easy for you to notice a difference. As your milk ducts will not absorb the solution, your baby is definitely in safe hands.

Silicone filler implants and milk ducts

In terms of durability when we speak about silicone implants, their lifespan is considerably longer than implants that use saline solution. In terms of manufacturers, the fifth generation of silicone implants are used today. They were developed for the first time around 1995 and were referred to as gummy bear implants. They reported low percentages in capsular contracture cases and pose a high safety ground for patients. Now, even in cases of capsular contracture, the silicone molecules are too large to pass into the milk ducts or milk itself.

If you are planning to have a baby and you have considered breast augmentation before, it is better for you to ask your surgeon to preserve as much breast tissue and milk ducts as possible during the procedure. This is how you can prevent a reduction in milk productivity while lactating. It is known that women who had implants before giving birth reported a lower milk quantity production. Around 25% of milk productivity is reduced from implants as some breast tissue is removed, and the number of milk ducts can also be reduced along the way. Even so, in terms of safety issues, nothing at all can happen to your baby.

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