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5 Breastfeeding Facts Moms With Implants Need To Know

5 Breastfeeding Facts Moms With Implants Need To Know

There are many reasons for getting breast implants, but no matter your reason, you may not have thought about the effect it could have on your ability to breastfeed your child. Whether you are thinking about having a child or you’re a proud parent of a recently born child, there are some things you need to know about breastfeeding if you have breast implants. Here are the five most important things mommies with implants should know about breastfeeding their childrens.

1. Yes, You Can Still Breastfeed Safely

The number one thing many moms with breast implants want to know is if they can breastfeed at all. The short answer is yes! There’s still a good chance that you will still be able to breastfeed even if you’ve had breast augmentation, and your milk should be safe for your baby.

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If your implants are saline-based, there are no dangers if saline water mixes with your breast milk. And if your implants are silicone-based, most physicians agree that even if they were to leak, the silicone wouldn’t hurt your child. Still, it can’t hurt for you to check with your caregiver before you begin breastfeeding your baby.

2. Your Breasts May Feel a Little More Uncomfortable Than Usual

In most cases, your breasts are going to feel uncomfortable when breastfeeding, implants or not. They will become temporarily engorged, causing some discomfort. If you notice engorgement lasting longer than it should be, your implants may be at fault. In addition, the scar tissue from your surgery could cause some pain due to stretching. You are have a greater chance of a cyst developing if you have implants as well. If your breasts aren’t just uncomfortable, but causing pain, contact a doctor immediately.

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3. The Implant’s Location May Affect Your Ability to Breastfeed

However, although having breast implants shouldn’t by default limit you from breastfeeding, there is, unfortunately, still a chance that you may not be able to because of where your implants are located. If your implant was placed between your chest muscle and glandular tissue, it could harm the sensitivity of your breast, restricting milk flow.

In addition, essential nerves could have been damaged during the surgery, affecting your milk ducts. If you are still unable to produce milk a week after birth, consult with a doctor.

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4. There Are Methods For Increasing Your Milk Supply

Once you are able to produce milk, you’ll want to make sure that you’re able to produce enough for your child. Thankfully, there are habits that you can pick up that will help you continue to make milk. After feeding your child, use a breast pump to continues making more milk. This will keep your breasts active and also drain them fully of their milk. In addition, massage your breasts to keep them stimulated.

5. You Should Feed Your Baby 8 to 12 Times Per Day

You can determine whether your baby is feeding enough by counting the numbers of wet and dirty diapers he or she is producing every day. The rule of thumb is that by the end of the first week, the baby should be wetting six or so diapers and soiling three diapers per day.

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In addition, your caregiver should be tracking your baby’s weight, which will also indicates if he or she is getting enough milk everyday. If, by the end of the week, you find that you’re not producing enough milk to support your child, it could be an issue with your implants, but it could also be an issue of not drinking enough as well. Check with your caregiver to get the best advice for your situation.

Featured photo credit: Breastfeeding via lifehack.org

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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