In recent months, many women who chose to put breast implants lived with concern the news that the French brand PIP implants had a complication rate of breakage and significantly higher than that of other manufacturers.
But still, there are women who are mothers and are breast feeding their children, who wonder what happens to the PIP breast implants. For them, you will see some questions that will lead tranquility.
For these implants, already knew the content was fraudulent, as they are made of industrial silicone, and the coating is thinner, which causes them to break easily releasing this substance in the body, which of course can generate various health problems. However, it is worth clarifying that it has not been able to prove the direct relationship between the use of PIP implants and breast cancer. What happens with these prostheses is that the degradation rate is greater than that of other manufacturers. So while the average life of a breast prosthesis is about 25 years, PIP degrade and break about eight years.
That’s why breastfeeding women with a PIP breast prosthesis should see their doctor for ultrasound and assess the status of their implants, to decide if you need to replace them in case of detecting cracks or breaks. The breast ultrasound is perfectly compatible with breastfeeding, no need to pump and dump after the procedure. So the first tip for breastfeeding mothers with PIP is to perform breast ultrasound.
And the causal link between implants and cancer failed to demonstrate, even fewer have reported negative effects on breastfed babies, so it is recommended to stop breastfeeding, given its many benefits. It is unlikely that toxic products pass into the milk, let alone having a harmful effect by mouth.
The silicone gel prostheses used in PIP produced some local irritation in the event of breakage, which is manifested by swelling, redness, and itching of the temperature, since it does not meet the standards of the industry.
Finally it should be noted that silicones have a high molecular weight which are not absorbed by the intestine, are not metabolized, are poorly soluble in water and cannot pass into the milk. In case of a ruptured breast implant, although some silicone pass into the blood or lymphatic system of women, high molecular weight prevents passage into milk and even in this case, the infant does not absorb in the intestine, disappearing in the stool.
So, does all the controls you need and continue breastfeeding, unless for some reason your doctor tells you otherwise. Always consult with your doctor for any de-facto action.