Does Breastfeeding My Baby Cause Sagging Breasts?

Does Breastfeeding My Baby Cause Sagging Breasts?

Let's be real, if there was any other common discussion about breastfeeding apart from clogged ducts, milk supply issues and clingy babies, it would be the appearance of our breasts! Whilst you are trying to adjust the widening and darkening of the areola, you notice that your breasts are heavy and.... SAGGY! Some moms may even notice this during pregnancy. Is there a way to prevent this? Let's better understand the science behind sagging breasts. 

It's reported that up to 50% of women may experience some degree of breast sagging after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Out of the 50%, 30% of them experience severe sagging. Many of them describe it as ' deflated ' looking breasts that feels jelly-like.

Truth is, breastfeeding itself is not a direct cause of breast sagging. It does not affect the breast shape or volume. However, the changes that occur during pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect the appearance of the breasts, and some women may experience a temporary increase in breast sagging during and immediately after breastfeeding.  

During pregnancy, the breasts become larger and heavier as they prepare for milk production. This growth can cause the skin and ligaments that support the breasts to stretch. Additionally, the milk-producing glands in the breasts increase in size and weight, further contributing to the stretching of the breast tissue. These changes can lead to a temporary increase in breast sagging during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

After breastfeeding ends, the breast tissue may return to its pre-pregnancy size, but the stretched skin and ligaments may not fully recover. As a result, some women may experience some permanent changes in breast shape or size, including an increase in breast sagging, particularly if they have breastfed multiple children or have had multiple pregnancies.

Other factors that can contribute to breast sagging include age, genetics, weight fluctuations, smoking, and the natural effects of gravity. As we age, the skin loses its elasticity, and the breast tissue may become less dense and more fatty, which can also contribute to breast sagging. Genetics can also play a role, as some women may have inherited breast tissue that is naturally less firm or dense.

While breastfeeding itself is not a direct cause of breast sagging, it is important for women to take care of their breast health during and after breastfeeding. This includes wearing a properly fitting bra that provides adequate support, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding smoking, and engaging in regular physical activity to help maintain breast tissue health. Women who are concerned about the appearance of their breasts after breastfeeding should talk to a healthcare professional, who can provide advice and support to help them feel confident and comfortable with their bodies.

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