Breastfeeding after breast reduction

Tyrae - posted on 03/01/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My friend had a breast reduction about 2 years ago (she was a GG and it was killing her back, so she went down to a C). She is about 5 months pregnant and she is worried that she won't be able to breastfeed because of the reduction. She has heard so many stories of people not being able to do it. So I am wondering how many people have been able to do it. I will give her the link to this discussion once we get some answers going so she knows her chances. Thanks so much.

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Johnny - posted on 03/02/2011

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I had my daughter about 8 years after my reduction. I was able to breastfeed, I did it for 23 months, but I had to supplement her with donated milk and formula for the first 5 months. I also took domperidone to increase my supply, did a lot of pumping, drinking water, taking herbs, eating oatmeal. It was quite a challenge but it was worth it. One great website to check out is www.bfar.org which is dedicated to breastfeeding after reduction and has a fantastic and supportive forum as well.

Jennifer - posted on 03/02/2011

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I worked in a lactation office for years but am not a licenced IBCLC. Success of breastfeeding after reduction differs greatly from woman to woman. My advise for her is to establish a personal relationship with a lactation consultant (pay for a private consultation, if possible) prenatally so she is set up for the most success possible when the baby is born. Then, when the baby arrives, she will already have a lactation consultant she knows and likes and who is familiar with her medical history if she needs further help. If supplementing is necessary, she can learn how to suppement "at breast" if desired. I wish her much success.

Tara - posted on 03/02/2011

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I had a breast reduction in my 20's and was able to breastfeed a bit with both of my girls. I was not able to exclusively breastfeed (just not enough ducts open for them to get it out) but I did produce breastmilk and was able to pump some as well. I won't lie and say it was easy, and I did eventually have to switch over to formula completely because I didn't have enough milk production, but it is possible to breastfeed and, if her surgeon did a decent job, she may be able to breastfeed exclusively. Even if she can't at all that is no reflection on her as a mother, at least she will have tried :)

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