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8 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Getting a Breast Reduction

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It would be extra challenging to breastfeed

When I was 17 and consulting with my plastic surgeon before this procedure, it honestly never even crossed my mind to ask about the difficulty of breastfeeding after having breast reduction surgeryI was just so anxious to have it done. But I wish I had had that conversation because after I had my second child I wanted nothing more than to breastfeed and have that connection with her, and it was one of the biggest struggles of my life. With my older son, I didn’t even attempt to breastfeed because after finding out I had had a breast reduction, I was told (by some very unsupportive doctors) to not even try. I knew better the second time around, but after making the effort quite literally my full-time job and still having problems, I gave up after one month.

Breastfeeding can be difficult for any new momit’s one of thosebrutal truths new moms should know. But it doesn’t have to be impossible. After discussions with an online BFAR (breastfeeding after reduction) Facebook group, I found that procedures have changed a bit since I had mine in 2013, and if you speak up when meeting with your surgeon, you’ll likely have better luck with breastfeeding. “Current breast reduction techniques preserve a significant amount of the milk-producing ducts to the nipple, thus most women are able to breastfeed after breast reduction surgery,” says Ryan Neinstein, MD, a plastic surgeon in New York City. It’s also true, he adds, that reduction or no reduction, some 18 percent of woman in the general population have problems breastfeeding due to immature development of the duct or milk producing system.

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