Nursing After Breast Surgery

Can you think of any celebs off the top of your head who have successfully breastfed after breast surgery? Angelina Jolie, Julie Bowen, and Kourtney Kardashian have all nursed their babies after breast surgeries. Many women who have had breast augmentation or reduction surgery aren't aware that they are still capable of breastfeeding if they would like to.

Experts say it has a lot to do with the condition of the breast tissue prior to surgery and the surgical techniques used. You can talk to your surgeon about preserving as much milk producing glands as possible, prior to surgery. If you had surgery in the past and didn't consider breastfeeding at that time, don't fret, you may still be able to nurse your baby.

Research shows you may have decreased milk supply with your first nursling, but better supply with subsequent babies. Luckily, there are many ways to help increase your supply in those early days. Any breast milk your baby receives is tremendously beneficial.

If you are determined to breastfeed after breast surgery, talk to your doula, care provider and a lactation consultant prior to giving birth. They can help set you up for nursing success when your baby comes. Be knowledgeable and prepared. You can find more information about breastfeeding after breast surgeries at and