Will having breast reduction surgery hinder my ability to breast feed in the future?

Katie - posted on 06/13/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I've always had large breasts but nothing like they are now. I am a DD and they are not getting any smaller. I breast fed my first and only child and instead of shrinking they only got bigger. I'm having serious back problems and am in pain all the time but i want to be able to feed my future child(ren) naturally. I'm having a serious battle with myself about this. Any info will be greatly appreciated.

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I don't have personal experience, but the moms I've talked to who breastfeed after a reduction cannot breastfeed exclusively. They have to suppliment some with formula or donor milk due to low supply. Some may be because they had the reduction years ago and now the surgery is done differently. Like Cinda said, I would talk to your doctor as I know they have made advances in how they do the surgery. Here's some websites that may help:
http://www.bfar.org/
http://www.llli.org/release/reduction.ht...
This is a book with info on breastfeeding after a reduction:
http://astore.amazon.com/kellysattachm-2...

Cinda - posted on 06/13/2011

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Although I haven't experienced this situation myself, I've heard that it should NOT hinder your ability to breast feed in the future. I'm sure you could always ask your doctor or a plastic surgeon during an initial consult & they would be happy to answer your question with information to back up the yes or no.

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