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Research shows that breast-feeding doesn’t negatively affect breast shape or volume. Still, sagging breasts are a concern. During pregnancy, the ligaments that support your breasts may stretch as your breasts get fuller and heavier. This stretching may contribute to sagging breasts after pregnancy whether or not you breast-feed your baby. According to State of New Jersey Department of Health, “Pregnancy, heredity, and aging cause the breasts to sag, not breastfeeding.” In addition, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons states, “Breastfeeding alone has no impact on a woman’s breast shape. Now, expectant mothers can relax knowing breastfeeding does not change the appearance of their breasts. “
Women often fear that breastfeeding will make their breasts sag. But other factors also contribute to sagging breasts more than breastfeeding, these include:
- Smoking and aging, both of which reduce skin elasticity.
- Being overweight
- A large pre-pregnancy breast size
- Sagging breasts is more noticeable with each subsequent pregnancy
To maintain the appearance of your breasts at any stage of life, make healthy lifestyle choices such as daily exercise and eat a healthy diet. If you smoke, stop smoking.
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References and Resources
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons – Breastfeeding Does Not Create Sagging Breasts; Study Throws Out Old Wives’ Tale
- State of New Jersey Department of Health – Myths and Facts About Breastfeeding
- Mayo Clinic – Are sagging breasts inevitable after breast-feeding?
- WebMD – Breast Problems After Breastfeeding