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Starting to doubt I can BF
by Clei420
December 31, 2012 at 8:25 AM
I had my 24 week appointment on Friday and I let my MW know I want to BF. I explained to her I had a reduction almost 10 years ago and I attempted to BF my son 2 years after reduction and I didn't produce much milk. My question for her was could I possibly produce more milk this time b/c it's been so long since my surgery. She flat out told me I would have to use formula b/c I won't produce enough milk. I am so heart broken behind this I just wanna cry.


  • skylarkdancer
    December 31, 2012 at 8:29 AM
    That may not be true. My sister had a reduction in the 90's wasn't able to bf her first child but.her third child she was able to. You won't know until you try. :-)
  • proudmama11212
    December 31, 2012 at 8:31 AM
    Jst try for a week n see wat happens :) good luck
  • Amberleigh81
    December 31, 2012 at 8:42 AM
    Wow. Don't give up based on this person's opinion. There are things you can research to help you be successful. Also, you may not be able to EXCLUSIVELY breastfeed, but you can successfully supplement and breastfeed part-time. There is not an all-or-nothing to this!

    Look into an SNS system. My friend had a reduction and can't EBF, but she nurses at the breasted full-time with this. She supplements a few ounces of formula a day when diaper count looks low.
  • Clei420
    by Clei420
    December 31, 2012 at 8:45 AM
    That's what I am hoping will happen with this baby. She's my 3rd. When U had my surgery I said I wanted to BF later in life I was 22 at the time. The doctor left my nipple attached and cut me around the areoloa and down the underside if my breast.

    Quoting skylarkdancer:

    That may not be true. My sister had a reduction in the 90's wasn't able to bf her first child but.her third child she was able to. You won't know until you try. :-)
  • preacherskid
    December 31, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Depending on how you were cut they may have left enough tissue and ducts intact for you to at least partially bf.  Check out this site:

  • gdiamante
    December 31, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Midwife is WRONG WRONG WRONG... so much so I wouldn't use her for the delivery because God only knows what ELSE she would be wrong about! You don't make a BLANKET statement like that!

    There's an organization called BFAR; Breastfeeding After Reduction. Please check it out. And start looking for a new midwife who actually knows her stuff.

  • piwife
    by piwife
    December 31, 2012 at 12:20 PM
    There is a book called. Its called "defining your own sucess " by diana west is a book about breastfeeding after breast reduction surgery.
  • melindabelcher
    December 31, 2012 at 1:31 PM
    How did you determine you weren't making enough milk with your last?
  • Precious333
    December 31, 2012 at 1:36 PM
    Dont give up ur midwife isnt an ibclc most likely. I agree with above. Plus there are lots of things you can do to aid did produce last you know you can produce milk :)
  • kLynch315
    December 31, 2012 at 1:40 PM
    My sister bf my niece for like 6 months until she got mastitis and she had a reduction. It's definitely possible. I'd try before becoming discouraged!

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