Friday, March 11, 2011

Breastfeeding after a breast reduction

So a friend of mine, she will remain anonymous (HI FRIEND!!!!) told me the other day that she is preggers (I already knew hehe) and that she was looking forward to breastfeeding. (HURRAY!!!!) However, she is a little bit nervous due to having a breast reduction years ago. She told me that she has been reading up on breastfeeding and breast reductions, only to find some successful stories and some unsuccessful stories. So I told her that I would look into it and blog about it! So here I am....blogging!

Now there are reasons to why breastfeeding after a breast reduction simply is not possible. If the surgery left behind too much scar tissue, that would certainly get in the way. But as most Mummies who make Nummies know........ support in any breastfeeding situation, can make or break the relationship. Low milk supply is another reason.... but luckily there are supplements you can take to help build up your supply. Many very safe and healthy! (One might even make you smell like maple syrup!)

First I want to share with you a successful story, straight from the La Letche League International website.
This mummie did have some obstacles, but she kept positive thoughts and was determined not to give up!

I also came across this amazing website, BFAR,  Breastfeeding After Breast and Nipple Surgeries. This is a wonderful source for information and support from Mummies who have all been there!

Here is another great article I found with more information, courtesy of  breastfeed.com. 

All of the articles I have shared have one thing in common. They all say that it is possible to breastfeed after a reduction. Many doctors (surgical, OB's, and pediatricians alike) might tell you it is not possible. But there again, it is not uncommon for medical professionals to pass along  misinformation regarding breastfeeding. This not only applies to women who have had breast surgeries.

The main thing I can suggest is to give it a try..... a real try. Don't give up after two weeks......No mummie has breastfeeding down after only 2 weeks. Get help from Lactation Consultants, the Le Leche League is a wonderful source. Look for support from women who have been where you are (or are going to be... HI FRIEND!!! **wink wink**)

And don't forget........you rock! You are a Mummie who makes Nummies for your baby! You can do ANYTHING!!!!!!

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