- Healthy living
- Babies and toddlers
- Benefits of breastfeeding
- Getting ready to breastfeed
- A father’s or partner's involvement
- Breast-care products
- Breastfeeding with previous breast surgery
- Early initiation of breastfeeding
- Milk production
- Preparing the breasts and nipples
- Thinking about breastfeeding
- What to avoid during pregnancy
- What to avoid while breastfeeding
- What to expect from your early breastfeeding experience
- Your breastfeeding plan
- How to breastfeed
- Stages of breastfeeding
- Problems with breastfeeding
- Breastfeeding in public and at work
- Expressing breast milk
- When you or baby are sick
- Baby’s health and nutrition
- Formula feeding
- Your health and nutrition
- When baby is ready for other foods
- Sex and pregnancy
- Special situations
- Supporting a breastfeeding mother
- Where to find help
- Feeding guidelines
- Food-related choking
- Introducing solids
- Sick baby
- Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy
- Vitamin D
- Emergency management
- Environmental health
- Food and physical activity
- Sexual health
- Stop the spread of disease
- Teeth and gums
Preparing for breastfeeding with previous breast surgery
It may affect breastfeeding if you have had surgery on one or both breasts.
Discuss this with your lead maternity carer during pregnancy and consider a consultation with a lactation consultant to help prepare for breastfeeding.
The La Leche League website has lots of helpful information on breastfeeding after breast surgery.
If you’ve have breast reduction surgery, you may find Diana West’s book ‘Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding after Breast Reduction Surgery’ to be of great valuable. This book is considered essential reading in these situations.
Local La Leche League Libraries often have this book on loan, so phone your local group to check.
You may also like to read Diane West’s article Breastfeeding after Breast Surgery.
There are no known contraindications to breastfeeding after breast implants although establishing a breast milk supply may take longer. Read the La Leche League article Silicone Breast Implants and Breastfeeding for more information.
La Leche League International
La Leche League is an international organisation who promote breastfeeding.
Australian Breastfeeding Association
An organisation promoting and protecting breastfeeding in Australia.
New Zealand Lactation Consultants Association
The association for lactation consultants in New Zealand.
La Leche League
The New Zealand website of La Leche League.