Breastfeeding Does Not Cause Sagging Breasts; Find out What Does and how to Work Around it

We have all been told the lies; that to keep your breasts as perky as they were before pregnancy, you should either bottle-feed or wean your baby as soon as they start taking solids. This is a myth  that is not only unfair to the child, but to the mother as well. Nursing, study after study has shown, has little to do with sagging breasts, pregnancy is to blame. If anything, extended breastfeeding (for at least 2 years) will probably help your boob look as close to how they once did as they can. In this article, we look at the common causes of sagging breasts and the measures moms can take to prevent or at least reduce the effects as much as possible.

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Pregnancy


Pregnancy takes a toll on a woman’s body. The breasts increase in size in preparation for nursing later on when the baby is born and this puts immense pressure on the breast’s ligaments. The skin and the tissues are stretched and this result in an empty/sagging look once the milk supply diminishes and the breasts shrink to their original size.  This happens whether you choose to breastfeed your baby or not.

Since there’s no way you are going to avoid pregnancy if you plan to deliver your own babies, the best we can do is reduce the effects of pregnancy on your bosom by wearing well supporting bras, eating a balanced meal full of saturated fats and drinking lots of water to ensure that your skin remains hydrated, moisturized and elastic.

Sudden Weaning


Breastfeeding has been falsely blamed for sagging breasts for years and years. Because of this, most women choose to not breastfeed at all or to wean their babies at 4 or 6 months. This is a point when your baby's demand for milk is very high and as a result, the body is producing the highest amount of milk. Sudden weaning when the breasts are at their largest denies the body the time it needs for the skin to shrink back.

Think about two people who are trying to lose weight using two very different approaches. One goes the surgery way and sheds the pounds in two months while the other one goes the exercise and lifestyle change route and loses the weight in one year.

While both will have shed the pounds at the end of the day, the one who did it in two months will be left with sagging skin while the later will have a toned body under a tight skin. The same applies when nursing. Stopping suddenly reduces the mass of the breast in a week without giving the skin enough time to bounce back.

For the best results, wean your baby when they are at least 2 years and do it gradually. By this time, your weight will have gone down and your milk supply will be at its lowest.

Aging, Sun, and smoking


There are other factors that contribute to sagging that have nothing to do with having babies. Factors such as aging, sun exposure and smoking reduce the skin’s elasticity making it easier for boobs to sag. The size of the breast also matters. The bigger and heavier they are, the more likely they are to submit and surrender to gravity.

Avoiding weight fluctuations and eating a clean diet might help. Exercising may not increase the fat deposits in your boobs, but it strengthens the muscles behind the breast giving them a perkier appearance.

Whatever you do, it is important to remember that your body will change over time. It might bounce back to how it was before pregnancy, it might not. There is no need denying your child the best meal she can ever get for vanity reasons.


Until we see each other again, 

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