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August 1996

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

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