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    Any of you successfully bf after a breast surgery, specifically breast reduction? Or, does anyone know someone personally who has been successful after a breast reduction?

    I have researched it, but generally just find info about it IS sometimes possible, but you just have to try it. (really Captain Obvious?)

    I have also read to talk to a lactation specialist before birth. What do they do, though? I mean, can they really look at/fondle (haha j/k) your breast and be able to determine if it is likely or not likely? anyone..anyone???
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    I do know someone who have had a reduction and gone on 2 nurse for a very long time between 3 kids lol. Oh actually make that 2 women now that I think about it. I think it might just be a wait and see if they work kind of deal- it depends on how much damage was done to the milk ducts and nipple and all that.

    A lactation specialist might be able to help you be prepared for the possible issues and help you come closer to figure out if you'll be successful. It probably wouldn't hurt making an appointment with one in your last couple weeks of pregnancy.
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    most LCs WILL find a way that you can BF whether it means using a shield, trying different techniques, etc etc...
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    Thanks for the response. That is somewhat encouraging. I absolutely realize that EVERYONE is different, and I will just have to try my best.

    Another thing I read is the more pregnancies you have, the more the likliehood of the ducts reconnecting becomes higher and therefore, the ability to breastfeed becomes higher. Unfortunately, this is my first so I don't have any of that in my favor.
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    Does this mean you're considering BF'ing Heather?
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    I know it is absolutely possible. I've been on a few baby boards where I've seen quite a few encouraging stories. So, it's most def possible and I think it may actually be quite common. I think the likelihood of not being able to BF at all is much lower than being able to. I know it's not always possible, but I think it usually is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bex View Post
    most LCs WILL find a way that you can BF whether it means using a shield, trying different techniques, etc etc...
    Yeah, I read that about using some device (can't remember the name) that attaches to your boob, with a tube that aligns with the nipple. The baby nurses with the tube AND your nipple in it's mouth. It isn't your own breast milk, but you can "buy" breast milk to use with it. NO offense, but I won't go that far. I want to breast feed for the health of my baby, not for the sheer "bonding", or the like.

    Unfortunately, with breast reduction the completely remove your nipple, cut it down in size, and reposition it after taking other breast tissue away. The procedure inevitably damages the milk ducts, no way around it (well, years ago when I had it done anyway. I hear there are "good" doctors out there now who think they have the technique to reduce milk duct damage)
    The only hopes is that the milk ducts regenerate.
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    Yes, Steph. I really want to and WILL try. I can only hope for the best and prepare for the "worst".
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeatherA. View Post
    Yes, Steph. I really want to and WILL try. I can only hope for the best and prepare for the "worst".
    That is awesome, I wish you nothing but the best! I know I'm not a "pro" or anything but if you ever have any questions I'm here!
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    Good luck, I think its wonderful that your going to give it a shot! I hope it works out for you guys!
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