Medical Journal of Australia study finds one in five women with implants are unable or unwilling to breastfeed.
Medical Journal of Australia study finds one in five women with implants are unable or unwilling to breastfeed. Polka Dot Images

20% of women with implants can't or won't breastfeed

WOMEN who have breast implants are less likely to breastfeed children because they fear it would transmit breast implant material into breast milk, a report has found.

Research published in the Medical Journal of Australia today said one in five women who underwent breast implants may have been subsequently unable or unwilling to breastfeed their babies.

The report said a factor affecting a woman's willingness to breastfeed could be because women with implants feared they would transmit silicone or other implant materials into their breast milk and potentially harm their baby.

"They may also fear, or have been told by their surgeon, that breastfeeding could undo a satisfactory augmentation result," the report said.

The report also said lactiferous ducts, glandular tissue or nerves in the breast, which were damaged in the surgery, could be another factor.

Ms Roberts' report concluded that their finding should be provided as part of informed decision making to women contemplating breast augmentation surgery.


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