Are Silicone Breast Implants Safe For Breast Feeding ?

Are Silicone Breast Implants Safe For Breast Feeding ?

There is consensus in the medical community that the breast milk provides essential nutrition for the baby and also improves its immune response to infections. Breastfed babies are known to be less likely to have gastrointestinal disease, respiratory ailments, asthma, ear infections and allergies.

It can also provide protection against obesity and many other metabolic disorders. It is known to be beneficial to the mother also. It can help creating a psychological bond between the mother and the child and helps mothers to get back to their pre-pregnancy weight.

There are two types of breast implants; saline filled and silicone gel filled. Saline implants have silicone elastomer shell filled with sterile saline liquid and silicone gel implants have silicone shell filled with silicone gel. Different types of incisions are done for placement of implants behind the breast bone. If the incision is made around the areola near the nipple, this can damage the milk ducts and the major nerves. If the incision is made under the breast or in the arm pit, the implants can be located behind the milk duct without damaging the milk duct and the nerves.

The milk produced by the breast some times does not reach the nipple due to the damaged ducts or the milk production may be affected if the nerves around the nipple are damaged. In both the cases breast feeding may not be possible.

In early 1990s, problems associated with silicone breast implants became public. There were reports of women becoming ill due to silicone gel leaking into the body. There were also fears expressed that breast feeding with silicone implants could cause danger to the child. But studies conducted have ruled out such a possibility. This is mainly because the silicone molecules are too large to get into the milk duct and the breast gland tissue to cause any injury to the baby that is breast fed. The capability of the mother to produce sufficient milk for the baby is doubtful in case of breast implants.

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