Breast feeding and a breast reduction

Posted by Dr Jamie Burt on 26 May 2020
Breast feeding and a breast reduction
Generally, the advice is that there is likely to be a 50 per cent chance that breastfeeding capabilities will be affected by breast surgery of any form, and it is an important factor to consider before undergoing the procedure. Breastfeeding should be discussed with the surgeon fully before any breast surgery. As with all surgeries, there is a certain element of risk associated with the procedure. If the prospect of being unable to breast feed in the future is a non-negotiable for you, it is recommended that you wait to have a breast reduction until you are finished having a family. According to the Australian Breastfeeding association, many mothers who have had breast surgery are able to breastfeed, at least to some extent. Some mothers find that they are able to: Breastfeed fully (without the need to supplement) Breast feed with a galactagogue (a medication to further stimulate your remaining breast tissue) (depending on the reason for a low supply) Partially br...
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Should I have a Breast Reduction in my late teens/early 20's?

Posted by Dr Jamie Burt on 12 May 2020
Should I have a Breast Reduction in my late teens/early 20's?
Many women have been considering a breast reduction since they first started developing during puberty. This means that by the time you hit your twenties, it may have been in the back of your mind for five or ten years already. Whilst many of the symptoms can arise throughout puberty, where possible it is always better to wait until breasts are fully developed. In extreme circumstances it may be considered at an earlier age, however this is very rare and at the very least should be deferred until early adult life. As with all elective surgical procedures, women considering a breast reduction must take considerable time and effort to understand the procedure; the limitations and risks associated with the procedure; and have realistic goals and expectations of the results. It is very dependent on the stage of life you are in, and how the post operative outcomes will change your life. Here are some factors you may want to take into consideration: Money As a young woman who is...
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What are some signs I may benefit from a breast reduction?

Posted by Dr Jamie Burt on 5 May 2020
What are some signs I may benefit from a breast reduction?
Having been the resident of your body for your entire life, it can prove difficult to make the decision on whether a Breast Reduction will actually enhance the quality of the life you have always lived. The procedure is rarely an impulsive decision, and has often been on a patient's mind since puberty. This being said, there are some tell-tale signs that Breast Reduction candidates often present with. Neck and back pain is very common. The size of your breasts can weigh down your upper body and shoulders, causing posture issues and muscle strain. The way you may subsequently carry yourself due to this can also lead to your bra straps digging in and then chafing, sweating or rashes under the breasts as you lean forward or hunch to try and alleviate the pain. Similarly,in some instances, numbness and tingling in the hands can occur if your breasts are large enough to pull on your torso and affect your neck position. You can end up with nerve pain that radiates down your uppe...
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Did you know you can have breast reduction performed as a day surgery?

Posted by Dr Jamie Burt on 18 December 2018
Did you know you can have breast reduction performed as a day surgery?

Ultimately it will be your choice whether you decide to stay in hospital overnight after surgery or decide to have your surgery as a day procedure.

Day procedure for breast reduction is possible for multiple reasons. Firstly most women report breast reduction being less painful than they had expected and therefore it is not likely that you will need to stay in hospital for pain relief.

Secondly you will not require drain tubes for this surgery so there is no need to stop in hospital following surgery because you have drain tubes.

Ultimately you will decide if you prefer to stay overnight or go home.

This will be one of the many things we discuss at length if you attend for a consultation to discuss breast reduction.

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Did you know about breast feeding rates in Australia?

Posted by Dr Jamie Burt on 4 December 2018
Did you know about breast feeding rates in Australia?
Before you can have an informed discussion about breast feeding after breast reduction it really helps to have some insights into what the range of breast feeding experience of women who do not or have not had a breast reduction may be. As you would expect, every woman's experience of breast feeding is different and a huge number of factors (such as the mother's health, the baby's health and size at birth and in the months following). Let's start with the current recommendations from the health authorities. There are 2 major authorities who make recommendations relevant to Australian women. These are: The World Health Organization (WHO), and The Australian National Health and Medical Research Authority (NHMRC) Both these authorities have issued recommendations about the optimal period of breast feeding for babies. The WHO guideline statement was issued in 2011 and the NHMRC guideline statement was issued in 2012 following on fro...
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