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Donna Murray, RN, BSN

Breastfeeding and Breast Surgery

By December 4, 2013

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Many women of childbearing age undergo breast surgery. The ability to breastfeed after breast surgery depends on the type of surgery and how it is performed. Any surgery that interferes with the milk ducts or the amount of breast tissue in your breast will have a greater impact on breastfeeding.

Talk to your doctor and your baby's doctor if you have had breast surgery. While some women will be able to produce a healthy milk supply after surgery others may not. The pediatrician will monitor your baby's weight to be sure that he or she  is getting enough milk.

If you do have a limited supply you may need to use a formula supplement or donor breast milk, but you can still breastfeed. Any amount of breast milk that your baby receives from you will be beneficial.


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