Breast Feeding and Breast sagging, do they correlate?
Article by Kenneth Bermudez, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
I frequently get asked questions from expecting mothers regarding the effect of breast feeding on breast appearance. Finally, we may have some good data on this subject. Findings from a study published in the Aesthetic Journal of Surgery this fall show that, contrary to popular belief, breast feeding is not likely to cause postpartum sagging of the breasts. Over half of the women in the study reported adverse changes in breast shape following pregnancy. Post pregnancy drooping of the breasts, also known as breast ptosis, is a common complaint in women which many believe to be linked to breast-feeding.However, as this new data demonstrates, it appears that other things such as older age, greater number of pregnancies, history of smoking, body mass index/obesity, are more significant risk factors factors for the development of postpartum breast ptosis.
So, go right ahead and breast-feed your infant. After you're finished with having all of your children, it may be useful to consult with your plastic surgeon in order to improve the overall aesthetic appearance of your breasts. Many techniques such as mastopexy (breast lift) or breast augmentation can be employed to improve the appearance of your breasts.