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Women who have had breast implants or surgery to remove cysts or
benign (noncancerous) lumps usually are able to
Women who have had surgery to make their breasts smaller (breast
reduction) may have trouble breastfeeding if the milk ducts were cut or
removed during surgery. These women may wish to consult their surgeons to
determine whether this is a problem. They also are encouraged to see a
lactation consultant before delivery. The consultant will then know to watch the mother
and baby closely.
A woman who has had surgery to treat breast cancer and who is
planning to become pregnant and breastfeed should discuss possible problems
with her cancer specialist (oncologist). Depending on the type of cancer and
the kind of treatment she had, she may still be able to breastfeed.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofMay 30, 2016
Current as of:
May 30, 2016
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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