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Breastfeeding Cause Sagging Breasts

Does breastfeeding cause sagging breast? A lot of women actually don’t breastfeed because of several reasons. Some don’t want to be with the baby 24/7 without any time for themselves and using a bottle can help on this problem.

Other women and quite a lot actually, are afraid that breastfeeding causing sagging breasts which is a natural concern.

Sagging breasts is quite a natural proces that will happen to all women at some time of their life and it is a way of life basically. The breast can start dropping at any stage of life mainly because there are no muscles in breast and consist only of connective tissue and ligaments.

The reason for the sagging is due to gravity where the elasticy of the skin and ligaments make the breast droops, and the reason for this is aging, your genes and also how you live your life regarding your diet and not because you breastfeed your baby after the pregnancy.

Read here about why breastfeeding does not causing sagging breast from medicalnewstoday:

While the benefits of breastfeeding are unquestionable, many new mothers choose not to for fear of sagging breasts. However, breastfeeding alone has no impact on a woman’s breast shape, according to a first-of-its-kind study presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Plastic Surgery 2007 conference in Baltimore.

“Many women who come in for breast surgery tell us their breasts are sagging, drooping or are less full because they breastfed,” said Brian Rinker, MD, ASPS Member Surgeon and study author. “Although the amount of sagging in the breasts appears to increase with each pregnancy, we’ve found that breastfeeding does not worsen the effect.”

The study examined 93 women who were pregnant one or more times prior to having cosmetic breast surgery. Fifty-eight percent of patients reported breastfeeding one or more of their children. The duration of breastfeeding ranged from 2 to 25 months, with an average of nine months. Fifty-five percent of respondents reported an adverse change in the shape of their breasts following pregnancy.

As the first study to examine what impacts breast shape in connection to pregnancy, plastic surgeons found that a history of breastfeeding, the number of children breastfed, the duration of each child’s breastfeeding, or the amount of weight gained during pregnancy were not significant predictors for losing breast shape. However, body mass index (BMI), the number of pregnancies, a larger pre-pregnancy bra size, smoking history, and age were significant risk factors for an increased degree of breast sagging.

Nearly 104,000 women had breast lifts in 2006, up 96 percent since 2000, according to the ASPS. In addition, more than 329,000 women had breast augmentation, making it the top surgical cosmetic procedure in 2006.

“Women may be reluctant to breastfeed because of this unfounded myth that doing so means the end of youthful breasts,” said Dr. Rinker. “Now, expectant mothers can relax knowing breastfeeding does not change the appearance of their breasts.”

Breast milk provides indisputable health benefits to infants. Research has shown breastfed infants have improved general health, growth and development as well as a lower risk of many acute and chronic illnesses than bottle-fed infants

The study and facts are there and I would say the fear of breastfeeding and sagging breast is a myth which need to be eliminated because the benefits of breastfeeding for both you and the child are awsome and something you shouldn’t neglect. Besides the benefits you should also check out the article about breastfeeding tips to learn more why and how you should do this.

Not long ago there was a research made on breastfeeding after implants; breastfeeding doesn’t cause sagging either because any changes come from the pregnancy and not the nursing. You can read the finding from the study in the article from HealthDay:

Many women worry that breast-feeding could change the appearance of their breasts, “particularly after they invested in a breast augmentation,” said study author Dr. Norma Cruz, a professor of plastic surgery at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in San Juan.

The study of nearly 120 mothers with breast implants found that breast-feeding was not a significant risk factor for breast sagging. “Women are free to breast-feed without the concern of affecting the appearance of their breast augmentation,” Cruz said. Since nursing is beneficial for a mother’s and child’s overall health, it’s important to convey this message to new mothers, she said.

Another study in women without breast implants also showed breast-feeding was not a significant risk factor for breast sagging, she added.

The results of the new study were scheduled for presentation Thursday at the meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in San Diego.

Dr. Jeffrey Salomon, an assistant clinical professor of plastic surgery at Yale University School of Medicine, said breast implants do not interfere with a women’s ability to breast-feed. The implants are placed under the breast gland, either above or under the pectoralis muscle, he said.

“There is no disruption of the breast gland or the milk ducts to the nipple in either instance,” Salomon said.

The most common cause of sagging breasts are breast changes after pregnancy, Salomon said. “These changes are related to the diminished production of the hormones that enlarge the breasts during the pregnancy,” he said.

During pregnancy, breast tissue is engorged and expanded. After childbirth, the levels of these hormones are vastly reduced and the breasts deflate, resulting in sagging, Salomon said.

For the study, Cruz compared changes in breast measurements of 57 women with implants who breast-fed for more than six months on average with 62 similar women who didn’t breast-feed. Measurements were taken before pregnancy and one year after pregnancy or one year after completing breast-feeding.

Cruz found no significant changes in these measurements or in sagging between women who did or didn’t breast-feed.

Although breast measurements and sagging did increase, this was because of changes related to pregnancy, not nursing, she said.

“This study should be comforting to women with implants who decide to breast-feed, and they should rest assured that their risk of postpartum sagging breasts is not significantly different than the degree of breast sagging in breast-augmented women who do not elect to breast-feed,” Salomon said.

Findings presented at meetings are considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

Get your breast operated might be a solution and if you feel better doing it, you should go for it. But a reason for sagging besides the things already stated could be you recently lost weight or through breast involution. There are some things which you could to prevent sagging.

When you lose weight, some of that fat disappears from your breasts. Typically the skin and the ligaments inside the breasts don’t retract accordingly, resulting in an empty looking breast that then may sag. Things you can do to prevent sagging according to CirleofMoms:

Tone up your pectoral muscles! I don’t know why women get so upset over hearing this. Your breasts are not going to turn into man-pecs just because you do some pushups. It doesn’t work like that, for God’s sake. Those chicks you see on ESPN with man-pecs are not an example of what happens just from toning, so don’t worry about that. Also, if you hate pushups like I do, you can do them against a wall. Stand a foot or so away from the wall with your feet shoulder width or so, and push your bodyweight. It’s really not hard and you will feel it, trust me. It works, and doesn’t make your knees ache. You can also do Fly reps and Chest Presses with dumbbells. No, it’s not hard and it doesn’t take long.

Use good posture. Standing up properly, with your shoulders back and chest somewhat-out, won’t necessarily make them sag less, but it will make them LOOK like they do. Hell, anyone can look like they have saggy breasts if their shoulders are slumped forward and their whole body is pointing downward!

Keep your breasts smooth and silky. Exfoliate, use lotion. Keep the skin healthy! It helps to use adequate sunscreen, as well!

End Note: Going bra-free at home is beneficial for a nursing mother’s lymphatic system (which clears her body of waste) and also for her mammary glands and milk ducts. Allowing the breasts to ‘breathe’ without a bra also decreases risk for bacteria infection and thrush by allowing the nipple and areola to stay dry and cool (but not chapped). As is true with breastfeeding, going bra-free does not contribute to the sagging of breasts. For more on the health benefits of going without a bra as much as you are able to do so, see the excellent book Dressed to Kill.