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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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