Can I Breastfeed with Implants?

Learn if you can breastfeed if you have breast implants from lactation consultant Melissa K. Nagin in this Howcast video.


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Can you breastfeed with implants? Yes you can. Implants in most cases are put in behind the muscle, they do not disturb any of the tissue that is required for breastfeeding. So it's absolutely fine to nurse and you'll be able to obtain a very strong, normal milk supply even if you do have implants. It should not impede your breastfeeding at all. The implants themselves do not affect the milk ducts, they don't affect the nipple. But unless for some reason ducts were cut during the surgery you should be able to build a very strong, healthy milk supply.


  • Melissa K. Nagin

    Melissa Kotlen Nagin is an international board-certified lactation consultant and registered lactation consultant (RLC) but, more importantly, the proud mom of three beautiful children. Over the last eleven years, Melissa has assisted hundreds of women on breastfeeding issues in private, classroom, mother's group, volunteer, and hospital settings. Prior to entering private practice, Melissa completed her training and clinical work at The Mount Sinai Hospital. She was an expert reviewer for The Essential Breastfeeding Log and her breastfeeding expertise has been featured on CBS News and in American Baby, Parents and Parenting magazines to name a few. Melissa has a B.A. in French and English from Skidmore College.