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Does Breast-Feeding Cause Saggy Breasts?

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Making milk creates denser tissue in your breasts. After breastfeeding, both the fatty tissue and connective tissue in your breasts may shift leading to saggy breasts. Once the milk is gone, breasts may appear less full, smaller or saggy. Other causes for saggy breasts include number of children, weight gain, breast size and shape, smoking, genetics and age.

What Causes Saggy Breasts?

Breast-feeding is often blamed for saggy or drooping breasts, but contrary to popular belief, it’s not breast-feeding that causes saggy breasts but the pregnancy along with other factors that influence it. Medically this is termed as ‘Ptosis’. Throughout your life and especially during pregnancy, the size and shape of your breasts can change. Breast size is determined by the amount of fatty tissue present. Lactation creates denser tissue in your breasts. After breastfeeding, both the fatty tissue and connective tissue in your breasts may shift leading to saggy breasts.

During pregnancy, your breasts grow larger to accommodate milk. Once the baby is born, breast milk fills the breast and stretches out the skin. Once you stop lactating, your breasts may appear less full, smaller or saggy. This will be applicable whether you breast-feed or not.

Major Causes For Saggy Breasts

  • Number Of Children: The more children you have, the more stretched your breasts can become.
  • Weight Gain: Additional weight may lead to larger, stretched out breasts.
  • Breast Size and shape: Smaller breasts with a rounder bottom tend to hold their shape better than larger or narrow breasts.
  • Smoking: Causes skin to lose elasticity, so smokers are more likely to develop sagging.
  • Genetics: The genes you get from your family will play a part in the size and shape or your breasts, the strength of your Cooper’s ligaments and your body weight.
  • Age: Regardless of pregnancy and breastfeeding, age will eventually catch up with every woman and sagging is a just a normal part of the aging process. 
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KloeKariki
KloeKariki 5pts

I had saggy boobs, covered with stretch marks after pregnancy, not necessary to say that I didn't like them. I was sceptical to think a product would work but I used the Somaluxe FIrming Lotion (the large bottle) and I am now-amazed at the result! my boobs appear firmer and the stretch marks are somehow less visible.best to give it a try, it worked for me, hopefully will work for you too, it feels that I have my pre-pregnancy/breastfeeding boobs back! 

Anne Mæhle
Anne Mæhle 5pts

Wasn't trying to write English, just trying to copy common bad American ..... Even if it's my fifth of many, still think I do an ok job ..... That does not defend talking about saggy breast ..... When on men so much is saggy and old

Andrew Thompson
Andrew Thompson 5pts

Oh Anne, don't think blonds dumb particularly but your English is not too clear.

Andrew Thompson
Andrew Thompson 5pts

You ladies seem to know rather a lot about older men's genitals. Not about to enquire how, dread to think \U0001f60f

Snowy Raven
Snowy Raven 5pts

Lol Anne! I agree, old man balls are gross!

Snowy Raven
Snowy Raven 5pts

Fiction. Wearing bras, especially underwires, causes sagging breasts. It holds your boobs up, causing your pectoral muscles to become lazy, as they don't have to work to hold the breasts up. This also causes side boob to happen.The best ways to do things is to stop wearing bras and do exercises to strengthen your pecs so your boobs can lift naturally.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Pregnancy is not the only cause! there are other reasons Vhenie' Puspus :)

Anne Mæhle
Anne Mæhle 5pts

Hahahahaha I'm born in Norway, I'm natural blonde. Thanks for taking me for dumb..... Guess you did not get it ..... So keep explaining why you think your so much more intelligent then us.... Who cares..... But they get very ugly with age hahahahaha

Vhenie' Puspus
Vhenie' Puspus 5pts

my girlfriend has a sagging breast but never had a child..how come?

Andrew Thompson
Andrew Thompson 5pts

Depends on the temperature Anne, scrotum has to be temperature controlled for sperm quality to be maintained.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Yes! :) Nancy Spencer Blanchard

Dania Oliva-Pena
Dania Oliva-Pena 5pts

Fact ,but with time the get normal looking again . This doesn't happen to everyone ,so I don't know. Like ,I said with time and exercise the look normal again . There alway's saline breast augmentaion or a lift .

Anne Mæhle
Anne Mæhle 5pts

And how does the balls loose it's shape so badly ? They hang like dead in a dark bag of skin

Cookie Salgado
Cookie Salgado 5pts

I agree with Fernando. It doesn't matter. I am voluptuous and past middle age and finished breast feeding decades ago, my tahtahs are reaching for the floor and that's okay.

Fernando Silva
Fernando Silva 5pts

Wtf does it matter? to breast feed is a natural phenomena so is the sagging of the breasts it is the body's will to do that for its creation...

Joy Nash
Joy Nash 5pts

WHO CARES????!!! What my babies needed was and ALWAYS will be more important than what ANYONE thought/thinks of what my breasts look like!!!

Wendy Perryman
Wendy Perryman 5pts

Lol Michelle Lloyd. We have to get creative sometimes! Hahaha

Michelle Lloyd
Michelle Lloyd 5pts

It works, mine started to sag, I was upset then I read about splashing and moisturizing, it really toned my boobs xxx

Wendy Perryman
Wendy Perryman 5pts

Done this for about 15 yrs. at the end of shower let water run as cold as tolerable. TMI but I've been asked a million time by gfs if they're fake. \U0001f609\U0001f44d

Genevive Pamela Janovsky
Genevive Pamela Janovsky 5pts

Dunno, but if it does who cares, is the father is more interested on the breast or the child's sake health? I was not able to breast feed since I have been diabetic type 1 since 3 years old, but have 2 great healthy girls and my breast are still saggy due to pregnancy not breast feeding, so I don't know how true this is. Pregnancy makes makes your whole body saggy, especially my thighs.

Michelle Lloyd
Michelle Lloyd 5pts

Mine looked better and I went up a size, splash em with cold water for a few minutes a day and then moisturize n massage, it will really get your boobs back ladies! Xxx

Debbie Wilson
Debbie Wilson 5pts

Been married 39 yrs, PROUD to say, still perky!!!:))

Debbie Wilson
Debbie Wilson 5pts

My husband's not shallow, and he doesn't care about that at all, but I know several guys that talk there crap......no names

Farah Lopez
Farah Lopez 5pts

Well I care if they sag. And they aren't just for babies. I have to walk around with them everyday. I want them to look good for as long as possible.

Alex Poppins
Alex Poppins 5pts

I like it lol...you are having a nice heart

Alex Poppins
Alex Poppins 5pts

No....its meant for feeding kids n men too lol