Busted! The Top 10 Breast Myths Debunked

Elisabeth Dale on 18 Dec 2013 at 9:30am

Think you know everything there is to know about breasts? I thought I did, until I wrote a book on the subject. Then I discovered that I’d been a real boob about own boobs. Women shared with me their top questions and my research uncovered some surprising and uplifting answers.

Top 10 Mammary Myths:

1. The average female breast size is a C cup

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The truth:  Women come in all shapes and sizes---from AAA to KK (and beyond). The fastest growing segment of the bra industry is the larger cup sizes of DD and above. No one is sure why women’s breasts are getting bigger, but it has little to do with increased rates of breast augmentations.
 

2. Breast development ends in your early to mid-teens

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The truth:  Many women don't achieve their full boob growth until their mid-20s and breast tissue continues to change all the way through menopause. You may be an early or a late boob-bloomer!
 

3. You'll wear the same bra cup and band most of your life

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The truth:  Bra manufacturers estimate a woman wears 6 to 8 different sizes over the course of her lifetime. Breasts are more like moving targets on our chest, often changing two different sizes in one month.
 

4. Breasts are meant to be perfectly symmetrical

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The truth:   Most women have two different breasts on their chests and they are rarely “twins.”
 

5. Men prefer women with bigger breasts

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The truth:   Studies show that women over estimate the size of breasts that men prefer. Partners are more accepting of our bodies and seem to be happy to be around any breasts at all.
 

6. Women who opt for breast implants always do so to increase their cup size

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The truth:  The majority of women who have breast augmentations are married, with two kids (average age 34). Since breasts are mostly made of fat and not muscle, implants are the only way to add back volume lost from pregnancy. They may or may not choose to go bigger, and many others choose to change their implant size over time. Alternatively, just because a woman has large breasts doesn't mean she had a boob job (see #1 above).
 

7. More young girls are getting breast implants

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The truth:  In 2010, only 3 percent of all augmentations were performed on girls 18 to 19 years old. Statistics show that young boys undergo more breast reductions, than young girls get breast enlargements.
 

8. Bras cause breast cancer

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The truth:  Despite Internet rumors, there is no evidence that wearing a bra is related to increased incidence of breast cancer.
 

9. Women with small breasts can't breastfeed

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The truth:  Breast size is determined more by the amount of fat stored in a woman’s chest, not her underlying milk glands. Milk production is regulated by baby’s nursing demands. Many larger breasted women have difficulty with latch on and positioning due to their increased size.
 

10. If you don’t wear a bra, your breasts will sag

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The truth:  No one really knows what keeps our breasts afloat. It may have more to do with your DNA than anything we wrap around our breasts. Weight gain and loss, plus smoking decrease elasticity and lead to sagging skin. Although studies  show that it’s important to have the proper support when you exercise so that you don’t stretch or break down breast tissue. 

Bottom line? Know the facts about your body and embrace your breast life!

Elisabeth Dale The Breast LifeElisabeth Dale is an author, speaker, and founder of TheBreastLife.com. Her book, bOObs: A Guide to Your Girls, features advice from experts together with personal stories and experiences (“mammoirs”). Check out her website or follow her on Twitter @thebreastlife.
 
 

 

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Hmmm... Breasts do have a lot of power over men and some women. Huge or very small breasts have little power. It's that slightly top heavy size that drives men crazy especially if the woman they are attached to is intelligent and confident. Just my opinion...
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Wow its really an superb article , Many of my doubts have been clarified !!!
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There are PLENTY of guys (I am one) that PREFER small boobs! Truth be told.....all people have preferences. Although LARGE boobs may attract more attention, most men are happy with whatever size breasts come with the female they are involved with.... We are happy to view, touch, kiss, caress and shower ANY & ALL SIZE BOOBS with attention and affection. Many females incorrectly THINK that all or most guys prefer big boobs. That is just NOT TRUE! MOST guys prefer AVERAGE SIZE: 34B to 38C. Me: I (and lots of guys also) much prefer SMALL .... for many reasons :) However, all boobs are great!
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I find it rather silly that some women say that guys like me who have a preference for large breasts are pigs. How long a package is is not the correct preference for judging a man's ability to please a woman physically either. Your vagina is only so deep. 6 to 8" with lots of girth is a more pleasing measurement. An 8 to 10" pencil dick would be a disappointment to most women I know. But... Before any woman would ever find out what i'm packing she has to entice me with her impressive intelligence and communication skills. She has to know how to get me digging her as a sexy intelligent woman not just a great rack.
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I didn't say that men aren't visually stimulated by large breasts; only that they don't prefer them over small or medium sized breasts. Marketers understand the power of women's breasts on men.
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I have to cry foul on number 5. You don't build an entire cosmetic ecosystem that runs the gamut from pushup bras to breast augmentation for no reason. Both genders are driven by a couple of million years of evolutionary imperative when it comes to attraction. One of the effects of that is that evolution is that men tend to be more visually stimulated, and I would argue that there are few things more visually stimulating to MOST straight men than an ample bosom.
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SMALL BREASTS ARE JUST AS HOT, SEXY, ALLURING, APPEALING, AND VISUALLY STIMULATING!!!!! GOOD LORD, WHAT THE HELL????
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Hmmm... First I must say I'm a man. Second I must admit that I do find the female breast very attractive and enticing. However the single thing I find absolutely most appealing of a woman is her intelligence and her confidence.

Big or small breasts... Are just what you are born with. It's part of that lovely package that drives a man to do foolish things to make his lady friend find him worthy of her time and emotions.

That said... My first wife was a B cup that grew into a C cup as time passed. I found them lovely and just never thought about them too much. She did have exceptional legs and a full curve butt. The package was special.

Then... After the divorce and being single for 10 years I met Ms Volumptous. She is tall, top heavy and not to heavy in the seat. She was a competitor in business and we faught each other for every sale. Originally I thought it was that stunning body that got her all of that business but after I actually got to know her it became clear to me that her huge boobs just got doors open... Then her clever mind found a way to encourage her customer to see things her way. She knows how to use that package of beauty and brains to make men want to help her out. It is almost unfair for a woman to be given that combination of talent and beauty. I'm blessed that she is my friend and partner in life.

I've never been able to convience her to marry me but... That's the way she is.
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Some guys may prefer huge breasts, but my personal preference is for smaller breasts (say, B or C, even A is wonderful!) and women that don't look like they just got the boat from a third world country. Smaller is better IMHO!
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I have an opinion about size when it comes to men, too. I like tall guys. ;-)
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WOW, an actual REAL MAN on this page!!! You are a godsend!!! I wish, wish, WISH ALL MEN thought like you!!!
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Hey, Not all men are like that! And not allwomen even like their natural double D's. Truth of the matter is women do the same with what they look for in a man...."a tall man, more muscular, have a nice package". Just look at the media and how its saturated with these ideas. In the same way that it effects women, it also builds insecurities in men and gives a feeling of inadequacy to many of them when they fall short of any of that. Unfortunately, people are superficial and focus too much on the wrong things. There are plenty of good and nice men out there but perhaps they don't work out, are not 6 feet tall and may only be average down there.
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Great article! I also thought that going bra-less led to sagging, and that a C cup was average (although I heard the latter during puberty, so it's old information).

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The reasoning that the fine Cooper's ligaments in your breasts may atrophy over time if they are not allowed to do their job (which may or may not be to keep them perky).
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I must admit, I always thought not wearing a bra made your breasts sag more. Not that I'd know, since I didn't have them period. But I did have a rather saggy female relative who my mom said did not wear a bra most of her life. Thinking back, she also has had serious weight fluctuation and smoked for 30+ years. AND was pretty active her whole life while probably not staying fully supported. 

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There have also been some very small studies done where researchers found that larger breasted women became even saggier with more frequent bra wear. Go figure.
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Now THAT I would never imagine! 

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What a great post! I can attest that women of any size can breast feed. I'm a small B and I made BIONIC milk.

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Angie I literally just LOLed. I'm picturing some sort of cartoon about "Bionic Milk Mama."

 

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Bionic Milk!! Wow can I buy some (blushing)
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I produced enough milk to supply a small third world country. Bionic, indeed!
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