Breast Reduction Before Kids

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Bitterapple45:  Hi. I can’t really give you personal advice, but my job is to administer anesthesia for these surgeries. I can say that with a good surgeon, the results are amazing. If it’s bothering you, I say just do it. If you live in the US, a reduction may be covered by insurance if the weight is causing back/neck pain. There’s a forum for plastic surgery called realself, you might find a larger pool of women who can give you advice based on personal experience. Good luck.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had a breast reduction, although I don’t plan on having kids. I agree with your boyfriend. A breast reduction is serious surgery- my own took 8 hours of surgery, an overnight at the hospital, and months of healing- and you don’t want to go through all that only to potentially lose the results during pregnancy. I’d consider moving up the timeline to marriage/kids, if you want the surgery soon.

Post # 4
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Newbee

Bitterapple45:  Something that jumped out at me is that you said you’re in a size 34 band. A 34 band is designed for a woman who measures 34 inches around her ribcage underneath the bust; this seems unusual to me since you are so petite!

The majority of your bra’s support should come from the band, so if the band is a size or two too large, the straps bear more weight than they should. This is a very common source of neck and back pain for many women 🙁

Unfortunately, many US bra companies measure by adding 4 or 5 to the underbust to arrive at a band size. This can lead to a less than ideal fit because the band isn’t snug enough provide the support that it should be.

You might be able to find a more comfortable and supportive fit by using the bra fitting method outlined here:

http://www.reddit.com/r/ABraThatFits/wiki/beginners_guide

Amazon is a great source for pretty bras that come in sizes for smaller bands and larger cups- check out the brands Cleo, Freya, Panache, and Curvy Kate 🙂 (Note that these are UK bands and their cup lettering system is just a little different than the US system- the link above has details on how to sort that bit out.)

I am sorry that you are uncomfortable and hope that you find a solution that works for you in both the short term and the long term! 🙂

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had a breast reduction when I was 19- it was really life-changing.  I’ve always planned on having kids, but it was something I needed to do.  Now that I’m married and approaching the time in my life that I am ready for kids (but not until after grad school! ), I do worry about how the reduction will affect my ability to breast feed and how my breasts will change during pregnancy.  However, I still wouldn’t change my decision.  

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

bravangelist:  she could be a 30 or 32 G/H but having to buy a 34F/G in some bras or brands that dont have her size. 

the best way to get fitted is not with a measuring tape but going to a specialty store and a very good consultant can size you just by looking at them. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I agree with your boyfriend and I would wait. I don’t have an official medical reason. But I’ve heard my share of surgeries gone bad and scar tissue issues. If you are going to have kids and want to breast feed I just feel it would be better to leave your body in its natural state since you’re not experiencing any neck or back pain. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. 

I second getting custom well fitting bras. Expensive yes. But it’s a part of being “naturally blessed”. 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The only advice I can offer you is if you want to breastfeed your children and that’s very important to you I would wait to have the surgery after you’ve had children. Breast reductions make breastfeeding difficult and most women need to breastfeed and  pump after and still may not produce enough milk. And there’s no way of knowing what the hormonal pregnancy changes will do to your breasts. So if breastfeeding is very important to you I would wait until you are done having children. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Plus, after a breast reduction your boobs will look amazing. You might as well have the great rack after you’ve wrecked them through pregnancy/breastfeeding. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I know someone who had a breast reduction and was unable to breastfeed. This may not be the case for everyone but if that’s important to you, then you should probably avoid doing something that could affect your ability to do so. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Bitterapple45:  hi, i had my breast reduction at 2 days before my 21st birthday and just turned 26. So five years ago and is still the best thing i ever did for myself! I was falling out of a 34FF.    insurance mademe go through steps before they would cover the surgery: get fitted professionally for a bra, chiropractor, doctor reccomendation.  6 months later they would evaluate their decision.   Recovery was difficult but i had a lot of support.    I looked at hundreds of before and after breast reduction pictures online and found “befores” that looked simular to me to see their result.   my surgeon did not detatch my nipples so i hope that i will have a chance at breastfeeding (i will begin trying in late 2015).  

 

personally i think i will have a greater chance at breastfeeding post reduction. Before my surgery the nerves in my breasts were so stretched and i have so much more feeling now!

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