(Closed) Breastfeeding after breast reduction?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I work in NICU, and part of my job is to assess breastfeeding, and to help people establishing breastfeeding.

I have found, that the biggest issue breastfeeding post-reduction is actually that, it seems that often during the reduction, milk glands can become disconnected from the ducts, and then those glands become engorged and painful because they cannot release the milk built up. This is risky because those glands can then become infected. Also, depending on the volume of glandular tissue removed, you might not be able to supply enough milk to exclusively breastfeed (you may need to top up with formula as the baby gets bigger and requires more milk).

It is really hard to tell how things will work out until about 1 week after a baby is born, because, for the first 3-5 days you only produce small volumes of colostrum, and then the milk starts to come in, and when the milk comes in, women often feel engorged and painful, so you would have to wait and see if there are fuller, lumpy areas on the breast after breastfeeding to know for sure. 

Also, we have in the past had moms pump and feed the pumped milk a few times if we are concerned about the volume of breast milk post-reduction, that lets us know how much is being made, and we can make an educated guess if that is enough to sustain the baby. 

Hope that helped a bit :0)

Post # 5
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

yay for breast feeding!! It’s such an awesome bond! I’ve been exclusivelybreast feeding my daughter for 6 months! It was really tough when she was born- it hurt me worse than labor, pushing everything (had all natural birth). If you can do it I highly suggest it! It’s such an awesome experience. Even pumping although it gets boring lol. If you are able to do it please give it time- it is a lot of work and depends on the person but it is painful at first but if you can work through it- it’s worth it! 

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