...86% of mothers with breast implants who were unsuccessful went into breastfeeding believing that nursing would cause breast droop or sag.
Park City, UT (PRWEB) September 12, 2012
A large majority of new moms with breast implants have difficulty breastfeeding, but – says Norma Cruz (an M.D. and American Society of Plastic Surgeons member) – physical limitations are not the culprit. Fear is.
"If a woman believes that breastfeeding will adversely affect her breast appearance, she decreases her chances of successful breastfeeding” says Dr. Cruz, author of a study entitled The Perceived Effect of Breastfeeding on Breast Aesthetics: Does it Affect Breastfeeding Success in Women with Breast Augmentation
"This misconception is unfortunate. Reassuring women that breastfeeding won't harm their breast appearance – and that it has significant health advantages for both mother and baby – is vitally important."
According to the ASPS, a woman's perception of how breastfeeding will impact the appearance of her post augmentation breasts impacts her experience greatly. In fact, Dr. Cruz finds that 86% of mothers with breast implants who were unsuccessful went into breastfeeding believing that nursing would cause breast droop or sag.
“As the ASPS and Dr. Cruz point out,” says Shawn Miele for ImplantInfo, “multiple pregnancies – not breastfeeding – are what contribute to breast sag.”
“But, like breast implants, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to breastfeeding. Talking to a plastic surgeon prior to pregnancy may be the best way to ensure optimal health, comfort, and peace of mind. And, clearly, that matters to women with breast implants,” says Dr. Cruz.
Thankfully, her insight into these fears can help shape a solution.
“It makes sense that breast augmentation patients would be concerned about the effect breastfeeding could have on the appearance of their breasts,” she explains. “After all, (they) have invested both time and money into them."
"Now that we know breast augmentation patients' views on how breastfeeding will impact the look of their breasts, patient education becomes critical to improving perceptions and strengthening the health and lives of both mother and child.”
In support of education for breastfeeding with breast implants, ImplantInfo has published a free online article to debunk myths and misunderstandings. Topics include:
Is it possible to breastfeed with breast implants?
Is it safe to breastfeed with breast implants?
Is there more to the (breastfeeding) story?
Once there, readers can also search for additional information about breast implants, or locate board-certified plastic surgeons in their area.