Did breast surgery decrease my milk supply?
Breast surgery can have a number of negative effects on the breast, and these are determined by the type of surgery and how it is done. Surgery may increase the risk of latching problems and nipple pain and damage by making the nipple root thicker or firmer, changing the location of the nipples, or increasing the breast size. It may alter nipple sensation. Mothers who have reduced sensation in the nipple and areolar areas may not feel pain, allowing more damage to occur, and those with increased sensation may feel more pain while breastfeeding. Breast surgery can reduce a mother’s milk supply. If the surgery is done on one breast, the other may compensate by producing more milk. If a mother has had breast surgery, the baby's growth should be monitored closely, and the baby may need to be supplemented with extra milk. If milk supply is low because of surgery, the mother may have difficulty increasing her milk supply.