How does breast reduction affect milk supply?
Mothers who have had breast reduction surgery are at a very high risk of not having enough milk for their babies. Their babies should be watched closely to ensure they get enough milk. Breastfeeding success after reduction surgery depends on the amount of breast tissue that was preserved behind the areola. Success rates are much higher when more tissue is preserved. Breast reduction surgery may also cause problems with latching, nipple pain and damage, and engorgement. Changes in breast sensation can lead to increased pain or delayed treatment for nipple injury or infection. Before breast reduction surgery, mothers should discuss the type of surgery and its likely effect on breastfeeding with their surgeons.