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Breastfeeding After Reduction
By Jane Squires, RN, IBCLC

Janes SquiresQ. I had a breast reduction a year ago. What chances do I have of being able to breastfeed?

A. Breast reduction surgery may reduce the amount of milk being produced, depending on what type of incision/procedure you had. If an incision passed through the areola, nerve endings may have been damaged. I have worked with several women who have had breast reduction surgery, and some have been successful, and some have not.

I encourage you to nurse the baby when she is born, and additionally make an appointment with a Lactation Consultant in your area (Board Certified), before the baby is born so you will know what options are available.

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