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My sister-in-law has breast implants and has just found out she's pregnant, will she still be able to breast-feed as normal?

My sister-in-law has breast implants and has just found out she's pregnant, will she still be able to breast-feed as normal?

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She should be able to breast-feed as normal providing the surgery didn't affect her milk ducts.

"Pregnancy doesn't interfere with implants and normal breast swelling just occurs around them" says leading cosmetic surgeon Angelica Kavouni. "Most women can breast-feed following breast augmentation, especially if the surgeon places the the implant under the chest wall muscle, as this provides extra protection of the milk ducts."

However, US research indicates that women with implants may have trouble breast-feeding due to insufficient milk. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, women most like to experience problems had surgery where "the incision site is around the nipple".

UK National Childbirth Trust nurse Rosie Dodds says: "What we'd say to anyone considering breast enhancement is to make sure the surgery won't affect the milk ducts. even if you're not planning to have a bit of the breast in case you want to have a child one day."

Angelica has private practice in Harley Street, London. Visit www.cosmetic-solutions.co.uk