August 1996

Should Breast-feeding by Women With Silicone Implants Be Recommended?

Author Affiliations

Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Box 721 420 Delaware St SE Minneapolis, MN 55455

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1996;150(8):880-881. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1996.02170330106020

The association between silicone breast implants and the development of rheumatic disease in their recipients has been suggested by a growing number of case reports.1-5 Additional concerns are currently being raised regarding the safety of these implants and suggesting that not only the recipients but also their breast-fed children are at risk of the development of autoimmune disease.6,7 Some authors are suggesting that these women not breast-feed their infants. Herein, we summarize the current literature on breast-feeding by women with silicon implants, both pro and con, and addresses the question of whether these mothers should be encouraged to breast-feed.

Breast implants have been available to women since the late 1960s. Over 1 million women in the United States have received breast implants.8 The number continues to grow, with approximately 150 000 women receiving implants annually, 80% of which are for breast augmentation, with the remainder being for

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