Judgment-Free Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery


Choosing to have breast reduction surgery prior to having children may increase the amount of challenges you face when it’s time to breastfeed. How can you minimize these risks? What additional steps can you take to increase your milk supply? And how do you deal with the guilt?

Our Expert

Diana West, BA, IBCLC

Diana West is an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) in private practice, co-author with Teresa Pitman and Diane Wiessinger of the 8th edition of La Leche League International’s “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.” She is also co-author with Lisa Marasco of “The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk” and Dr. Elliot Hirsch of “Breastfeeding After Breast and Nipple Procedures.” She is the author of the “Clinician’s Breastfeeding Triage Tool” and “Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery.” She is the Media Director for La Leche League International, has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, is a La Leche League Leader, a website developer, and administrator of the popular BFAR.org, LowMilkSupply.org, and LactSpeak.com websites. She lives with her three sons and one husband in the picturesque mountains of western New Jersey.


Robin Kaplan (host)
Children: Ben (2005), Ryan (2006)

Maryjane Fisher
Children: Jason (2011)

Erika Valente
Children: Kate (2008, Jack (2010)

Additional Resources

TheBoobGroup.com | Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery, Transcription

Amazon.com | Book, Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery

Breastfeeding after Breast and Nipple Surgeries (BFAR) | Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction

La Leche League | Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery

BreastfeedingBasics.com | Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction

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