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Sagging breasts: Inevitable after breast-feeding?

Are sagging breasts inevitable after breast-feeding?

It's normal to wonder how breast-feeding will affect your breasts, but take heart. Research has shown that breast-feeding doesn't negatively affect breast shape or volume.

Still, sagging breasts are a valid concern. During pregnancy, the ligaments that support your breasts may stretch as your breasts get fuller and heavier. This stretching may contribute to sagging breasts after pregnancy whether or not you breast-feed your baby. Sagging breasts may be more noticeable with each subsequent pregnancy, especially if you have large breasts.

Other factors also contribute to sagging breasts, including aging and smoking both of which reduce skin elasticity. Being overweight can have a similar effect.

Remember, breast-feeding is best for babies. Don't let a fear of sagging breasts stop you from breast-feeding. To maintain the appearance of your breasts at any stage of life, make healthy lifestyle choices. Include physical activity in your daily routine. Eat a healthy diet. If you smoke, ask your doctor to help you quit.

Updated: 7/14/2011

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