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Hi all,

I'm about to be 21 and have been seriously wanting a BA since I turned 18. My only one hesitation is the risk of not being able to breastfeed or having my ability to do so impaired. My mum is strongly against me having one pre-kids as she suffered nerve damage during hers that left her nipples incredibly painful, but the thought of having to wait that long is near unbearable for me. 

If anyone had their BA before kids and breastfeeding, what was your experience like? And is nerve damage causing extreme sensitivity/pain a common side effect? 

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Hey hun, do a search through the threads on this forum and you will find women who have had BAs both pre and after kids and you will find a lot of useful and relevant information that can help inform your decision. Nerve damage is a risk and your plastic surgeon will talk you through that. I didn't have any nerve damage (had my BA over a year ago) and my nipples are fine with normal sensitivity and no pain or numbness, although there was some numbness/pain straight after surgery, but that is normal as they do cut through nerves, but they do regrow. Other women have different experiences, so it's hard to judge how you will go. 

Good luck with your decision xo

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You are very young so I assume you don't want children for quite a while yet. If having a BA is something you strongly want, then perhaps go for a few consults with plastic surgeons to gain an idea of cost etc. Also after having children, your body as well as breasts change a lot...…...so you would have to be prepared for a possible revision down the track. In saying that, implants are not a lifetime device. So if you get them in your early twenties, you may be up for quite a few revisions over the course of your lifetime. I got my implants at 39 years of age after having all of my kids. If a BA is your dream and you are aware of all of the pros and cons that come with it, then go for it. :) 

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I had mine done before kids as having children wasn't on the cards but I did tell my surgeon I may change my mind one day. I've got sagging but that happened during pregnancy. I struggled to breastfeed and had to top up due to supply issues and my son having upper lip and tongue ties. I'm having a revision hopefully this year with other work as I've lost over 50kgs. Keep in mind also just because you can breastfeed one baby doesn't mean you will be successful with others. My mum who is all natural exclusively breastfeed me for 18 months. She fed my brother for 5 months but had to top up as he had bad reflux and would power chuck. With my sister she struggled to breastfeed but don't remember exactly how many months she did. So many factors. When are you planning to have kids? My surgeon said if it's within 12 months of the surgery to wait. 

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I've been researching my butt off for a good couple of years and I understand the changes pregnancy and breastfeeding cause would likely require a revision. 

I'm in no hurry to have children as I'd like to complete my education first (I'm currently starting my masters and wish to pursue a PhD) so it's likely not on the cards for another ten years or so. I'd love to have my boobs early and enjoy them throughout my twenties but maybe it's best to be patient. I'm sure you ladies know how long the wait can feel!

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On 1/12/2019 at 4:49 PM, whimsyj said:

I've been researching my butt off for a good couple of years and I understand the changes pregnancy and breastfeeding cause would likely require a revision. 

I'm in no hurry to have children as I'd like to complete my education first (I'm currently starting my masters and wish to pursue a PhD) so it's likely not on the cards for another ten years or so. I'd love to have my boobs early and enjoy them throughout my twenties but maybe it's best to be patient. I'm sure you ladies know how long the wait can feel!

Hey hun, sounds like you've done your due diligence. If you feel that strongly about having a BA and you're not planning to have kids within the next 10 years, then go for it. Revision is inevitable over time, so that is a given. You seem to be well aware of your options, perhaps having a couple of plastic surgeon consultations may assist you in your decision making.

Good luck in your studies, I assume you are undertaking a research Master's and likely will roll that into a PhD - enjoy! :D

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both of my sisters were able to successfully breastfeed after their breast augmentation surgery. If you go under the muscle then the milk ducts etc should be preserved during the surgery.

It is important to remember that many women find breastfeeding difficult regardless of whether they have implants so if a woman is unable to breastfeed and she has implants, this may not be the cause.

I found breastfeeding very hard with my son but not my daughter. both I did not have implants with.

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