Archive for October, 2007
The conventional wisdom is that while breastfeeding is good for both child and the mother, it has tragic consequences for the mother’s breasts. Sagging and stretch marks are, it is often believed, the result of nursing.
Not the case, according to a new study. “Many women who come in for breast surgery tell us their breasts are sagging, drooping or are less full because they breastfed,” said Brian Rinker, MD, ASPS Member Surgeon and study author. “Although the amount of sagging in the breasts appears to increase with each pregnancy, we’ve found that breastfeeding does not worsen the effect.”
What does not cause sagging?
- History of breastfeeding
- Number of children breastfed
- Duration of each child’s breastfeeding
- Amount of weight gained during pregnancy
What causes sagging?
- Number of pregnancies
- Larger pre-pregnancy bra size
- Smoking history