from Tempe, Arizona, asks us, "I am trying to decide whether or not I should breastfeed
lactation). I am
8 weeks pregnant right now, but I'm not sure if I want to risk the way I look. I'm
32 years old and I have very
firm breasts and would like to stay that way.
Does breastfeeding really make
breasts sag that much? Please
help. I am having difficulty deciding what to
Your concern is very
justified and a lot of pregnant women struggle with this issue
though they do change their opinion once the baby is born.
We are big supporters of
breastfeeding because of all the medical
benefits to the baby and the
mother (Geri Halliwell attributes her weight loss after pregnancy to it). As your doctor also might have told you,
your milk has several advantage for your child so it is important that you do
so as well. And if enough care is taken, you can actually prevent most
of the sagging. (Related article: Beauty
treatments for pregnant women)
Only those women who are careless and do not plan ahead (as you are
doing while still pregnant) will realize that they have
sagged affecting how they
look, how their partner feels about them, and how their self-esteem
vanishes. But if you have seen women who even in their 50s have perky
shapes, there is a reason for it. (Related:
How to raise
So let us see why sagging
occurs and what can you do:
become larger and
heavier during pregnancy and while you
lactate, the effect of gravity is now
stronger. The solution is to change your
bra as soon as the size changes. It is important to have
right fit bras so that you always have the support you
As they enlarge and then shrink, the skin does not always return to its original shape. This can be taken care of by using regular
chest massage using high quality essential oils.
Not maintaining a proper
diet/nutrition/exercise routine that can lead to non-uniform increase/decrease in weight. Yes, you will put on some weight but you must follow
a structured nutrition routine and religiously do the exercises. Once the baby is born you will need to
lose the excess weight as soon as
feasible and apply body firming lotions. There is no excuse (as many women keep coming up with) not to exercise and get back in shape.
Conclusion: It is not the breastfeeding as such but carelessness that leads to sagging.
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