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false boobies

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drdoolittle1000 Thu 30-Dec-10 22:26:19

Hi I had my boobs done a few years ago and am now pregnant with my first child. Is breastfeeding the same? They said it would be fine when I had them done.
does anyone else have any advice??

Applemuncher Thu 30-Dec-10 22:29:46

I've heard the procedures they've used in the last x number of years have really improved but I think it's only going to be something you find out if you give it a go.

If you can do it, then it's the same. Good luck smile

LadyOfTheFlowers Thu 30-Dec-10 22:46:00

IME, no. I couldn't breastfeed properly.

I had my boobs done on the NHS when I was 15, 12 years ago as there was a problem with my hormones meaning one was a AA and the other a C - they said they would never equal out with that much difference.

Before it was done, my mother (who was adamant I would BF in the future - I had not thought much about it at 15) asked if it would ever cause a problem. Specialist said he was very confident it would all be okay but would depend if the nerves ever grew back properly (nerves/muscle etc was severed to get implant in behind what breast tissue was there).

I was one of the ones the nerves never grew back properly for. hmm Sensation has never been the same.

After failing 3 times to breastfeed, I only gave myself a mild beating up when I admitted defeat with DC4 - the letdown reflex never really kicked in for me which meant the milk never really flowed - reason being, the damaged nerves were not setting letdown off iyswim?
If DH gave me a shoulder massage or I led in the bath, it would come pouring out, but the baby stimulating the nipples was never enough to get it going, even though I enjoyed it so much and was always just gazing and going all gooey at the sight of the little blighters suckling away.

4 times I broke my heart over it, thought I was just rubbish, but the midwife I had postnatal the 4th time actually asked me if I had proper sensation in my nipples as I was having trouble and I said no. Until then, I had never linked the loss of sensation to stimulating letdown. blush

If your sensation is okay like it was before, or even just a little bit off, I think it would be okay, but mine is pretty poor and it just doesn't work for me.
That's just my experience - I'm sure there are ladies on here with lovely perky boobies whose work just fine! Pammys' do I believe.

lilianfox Fri 31-Dec-10 12:48:10

Hi DrDoo

I wanted to let you know that I had breast implants/augementation and I have breast fed my dd wonderfully. I was anxious when I was pregnant not knowing whether I would be able to feed or not but I have fed her with no problems and have done this long term. I am now pregnant with my second dd and looking forward to doing it all again!

Good luck. La Leche League are very good at offering advice and support on breast feeding. The most helpful book I read on breastfeeding while I was pregnant was called 'Breastfeeding Made Simple' by Mohrbacher and Kendall-Tackett.

Best wishes

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