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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