Breast reduction and breast feeding

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’d love to know about this too…I knew when I had my reduction there would be a chance that breast feeding would be difficult, but I’d love to hear some real stories!

 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had a breast reduction at 16 im now 32weeks. I contacted my surgeon earlier in preg and he thinks it would be a no go but says to try anyway. Im not preparing to breast feed because of that but we’ll see what happens.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I had a breast reduction in 2000, and just had my first baby in November. He is 100% breast fed! 

I was really committed to breast feeding. Because of how important it was to me, I decided to try for a natural labor and delivery (meaning not just no pain meds, but also nothing to speed up labor artificially). Kiddo took his sweet time and was born 13 days after his due date at 9 lbs 6.5 oz. He was hungry! And a great nurser… So it has been a huge blessing and a great experience.

My milk came in within 2 days. Because i delivered at a freestanding birth center, we were home in bed 5 hours after he was born. We did tons of skin to skin. I nursed on demand, which felt like all the time!

i haven’t had any issues with supply. 

He sleeps in a bassinet in our room, which makes night feeding a breeze.

The first few nights home I set an alarm to make sure he was eating every 3 to 4 hours. After I knew he was gaining weight, I just let him decide when to eat.

Once we’ve made it to a year, my goal, I want to write about my experience. I googled and read everything I could get my hands on when I was pregnant, and was really discouraged by the info I found…so I am so happy to have a positive experience to share!

good luck! feel free to message me if you have any specific questions or if I can do anything to help!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Oh, I had one night where I woke up with one little drop of colostrum… Maybe around 30ish weeks? I wouldn’t worry if you don’t leak at all!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Commenting to follow, i am not pregnant now but plan to ttc in a year or so.  i had my breast reduction 4 years ago.

A question for anyone who comments:  Did you have a nipple detachment during surgery or just the areola cut around?  

Mine was not detached and i am hoping it will give me a greater chance of breast feeding.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Miss Joker:  umm looking at my scars it seems the areola was cut around but i really cant tell. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@traceyjoy: you give me hope! When my doc first told me i prob couldnt I was so mad at myself but I was 16 when I made that decision and it was best for my health so i got over it. Did you notice any leaking before your milk came in? Im 32wks and havent had any leaks at all so Im taking it as if I cant. Oh and were your nipples detached during the surgery?

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@SouthernPearl:  in older methods they would actually detach the nipple completely and resew it back on, most recent methods use a “cookie cutter” like tool and never detach the nipple from its tissue, im hoping this cookie cutter method has better odds of breastfeeding!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@SouthernPearl:  just reading this thread out of curiosity but wanted to say not everyone leak,s reduction or not! It’s ok if you haven’t and it doesn’t mean you won’t produce milk 🙂

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MsJ2theZ:  good to know! 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@mtler:  funny… I was actually thinking this morning about started this thread, but figured i would wait until i was actually pregnant!  Thanks! Lol

Post # 14
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Newbee

My surgery was 18 years ago. Had a baby in December and it was a no go for me. My milk never came in and the lactation consultants actually encouraged me to go solely formula because my baby was losing so much weight. But you won’t really know until your baby comes and you try!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I had a breast reduction, and I was able to breast feed for a short amount of time after my kids were born- I had leaking before my 1st child was born and was able to breast feed for about a month- after that, I wasn’t able to keep the milk supply up with my child’s demand so I started supplementing with formula and my milk actually dried up very quickly and painlessly (which leads me to believe that I wasn’t producing that much anyway- I never could get much out even with pumping.) With my second son, I made it for about 3 weeks before switching to formula.

 

Even though I wasn’t able to produce enough milk for long, I still was able to start off and give my babies the immunity that is produced early on and I don’t regret having to switch over.

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