Breastfeeding is one of the most wonderful things a mother can do for her child. Being able to nourish your newborn and experience that special bond is amazing.Although breastfeeding is greatly beneficial to your baby, nursing can wreak havoc on the breasts. Increasing in size during pregnancy and then being engorged with milk for months can take its toll on your breasts in the form of volume loss and drooping.
Most women who breastfeed notice that their breasts sag and are not thrilled with this change for obvious reasons. Fortunately there are non-surgical solutions that can help prevent sagging and get those boobs looking perky again once your baby is weaned.
Breasts sag after breastfeeding for a number of reasons. Most women point their finger solely at breastfeeding itself but it all starts with pregnancy.
During pregnancy, the Cooper’s ligaments; the bands that attach the chest to the muscle and provide support, are stretched along with the skin. This is a direct result of the increase in bust size women experience during pregnancy. This size increase is the body’s way of preparing for breastfeeding and can cause breasts to droop because of the additional tension put on the ligaments. Over time the Cooper’s ligaments lose elasticity and are no longer taut.
After the baby is born and as the mother begins nursing, the breasts take another hit because milk ducts grow and are filled with milk. As a result, additional stretching occurs. During the first few days after birth, breasts tend to get quite full and heavy due to milk production which does have an impact. After two weeks they return to the size they were during pregnancy and stay that way until you decide to wean your baby. Having larger breasts for an extended period of time stretches the ligaments even further and causes unwanted sagging.
Besides breastfeeding, a woman’s age can also be a factor for the cause of saggy breasts. Various studies prove that in women who are in their late thirties, their body’s skin loses skin elasticity much faster, and this can affect their breasts as well.
In addition, women who tend to consume more alcohol, carbonated beverages and nicotine also show signs of premature aging and weakening of their skin’s cellular structure.
How to prevent your breasts from sagging
Whether you are looking to prevent your breasts from sagging or is trying to fix the loss of shape and firmness, the following are some things you can do;
Wear a good supportive bra
In order to keep breasts upright and firm while still breastfeeding the first thing you must do is wear a bra all the time. Combating gravity is one of the best prevention methods
Nothing can be done about the size and weight of your breasts but ensuring that they are constantly supported will help prevent unnecessary stretching of the ligaments that provide the support. This means wearing a bra at all times, even when you sleep.
In addition, make sure that you are wearing quality nursing bras that are of the correct size and offer the right support. It is recommended that you choose bras that have a supportive band and with wider straps