Are sagging breasts inevitable after breast-feeding?
Answer From Elizabeth LaFleur, R.N.
Research has shown that breast-feeding doesn't negatively affect breast shape or volume.
During pregnancy, the ligaments that support your breasts might stretch as your breasts get fuller and heavier. This stretching might contribute to sagging breasts after pregnancy — whether or not you breast-feed your baby. Sagging breasts might be more noticeable with each subsequent pregnancy.
Other factors also contribute to sagging breasts, including aging and smoking — both of which reduce skin elasticity. Being overweight, losing a significant amount of weight and having large breasts can have a similar effect.
Don't let a fear of sagging breasts stop you from breast-feeding. To help maintain the appearance of your breasts at any stage of life, make healthy lifestyle choices. Include regular physical activity in your daily routine and maintain a healthy weight. Eat a healthy diet. If you smoke, ask your doctor to help you quit.
April 03, 2020
Elizabeth LaFleur, R.N.
See more Expert Answers
- Soltanian HT, et al. Determinants of breast appearance and aging in identical twins. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 2012;32:846.
- Townsend CM Jr, et al. Plastic surgery. In: Sabiston Textbook of Surgery: The Biological Basis of Modern Surgical Practice. 20th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier; 2017. https://www.clincialkey.com. Accessed April 28, 2017.
- Rinker B, et al. The effect of breastfeeding on breast aesthetics. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 2008;28:534.
- Rinker B, et al. Breast ptosis: Causes and cure. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2010;64:579.