After I Weaned my Second Baby my Breasts Suddenly Disappeared! How I Do Grow Them Back?

My chest is totally flat and it's affecting my self confidence as i'm really very concious of it. i've always been a size 32cup and move to a 34 or 36 cup during pregnancy now there's nothing there. please help.

Doctor Answers 12

Effects of pregnancy on breast size

Thank you for your question.  Pregnancy and breastfeeding can have some unpredictable effects upon breast size and shape.  Often, breast volume increases significantly during pregnancy and lactation, then subsequent "deflation" occurs afterward.  In order to restore breast fullness with an attractive shape, you would likely benefit from breast augmentation, with or without a breast lift (mastopexy), depending upon the degree of your problem.  Good luck!

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implants and lift

This is a common problem with women who have had children. A woman's breasts increase in size with milk production, then suddenly decrease in size once the breasts no longer produce milk. This causes the breasts to deflate and usually sag. You can get a breast lift to address the sagging and implants to increase their size.

Ronald Levine, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Breast augmentation to replace lost volume

You can get breast implants to replace lost volume. I perform breast augmentation on local anesthesia, so you won't have to experience a lengthy recovery.

Michael Constantin Gartner, DO
Paramus Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Augmentation is the only way to safely and effectively enhance breast size/shape

This is very common for women following childbirth and breastfeeding. The size of your breasts typically enlarges with milk production, then once you stop breastfeeding, they reduce in size. On top of that, the skin and tissues may be stretched out and your breasts may appear saggier, even if you've returned to your pre-pregnancy size. 

Unfortunately, the only way to enhance breast size and shape safely and effectively is by breast augmentation. If your breasts are very saggy, you may also require a breast lift. 

Best of luck!

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Growth

Dear oleku,
It is very common to have breast shrink after nursing.  Breast growth is related to the following:
In general, breasts will stop 'growing' when all other hormone related phenomenon from puberty stop changing. Some women have early puberty and early finishing of these changes, and some women have later and a more prolonged course. However, any changes to hormone levels, such as in pregnancy, nursing, etc. can change breasts, OCP may change growth, certain tumors may affect growth, weight gain will affect size, etc. The breast is composed of the breast gland that grows related to hormone levels of estrogen and prolactin as well as other hormones, but some women's breast tissue have more 'hormone receptors' than other women's and thus are more sensitive to hormone levels. That is why the hormone creams etc do not work on someone who naturally have smaller breasts because they are less sensative to hormones. In addition, the breast is also composed of fat tissue which grows and shrinks with weight gain and loss. So there is no simple answer here. There is not much you can do to increase your breast size short of getting pregnant or gaining weight.  The following photo is of a lady who had 3 babies and her breasts dissappeared after nursing.  
Best Wishes!
Pablo Prichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Post Partum Loss of Breast Volume

This is fairly common after pregnancy.   It is most important that you complete breast feeding 3-6 months prior to considering breast surgery.   The longevity of your result will be better if you are not planning on future pregnancies.

I would recommend consulting with 3 board certified plastic surgeons in your area.  Without pictures, it is difficult to ascertain whether you will benefit from an augmentation alone or require a breast lift also.

I hope this helps.

Dr. Gill


Paul S. Gill, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Breast augmentation or fat transfer are two possible options to correct deflated breasts.

Thank you for your question.

Unfortunately, deflated breasts, also known as postpartum breast involution, is a possible after having children.  Breast augmentation or fat transfer are two possible options to correct this.

To be sure, see two or more board-certified plastic surgeons in your area for a full and complete evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for you to have surgery.  I hope this helps.

J. Jason Wendel, MD, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Natural increase in breast size

Another option to consider without implants would be the Brava system if you can put up with wearing the device...the best increase will only be modest though.

Leonard T. Yu, MD
Maui Plastic Surgeon
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After I Weaned my Second Baby my Breasts Suddenly Disappeared!

It is not uncommon to lose breast volume after pregnancy and nursing. There is no natural remedy, There is a surgical remedy to restore your breast volume. Most patients seeking correction will choose breast implants, either with silicone or saline, though silicone is often a better choice for patients with very little breast tissue of their own. 

An occasional patient may be a good candidate for restoring breast volume with fat transfer. The outcome is somewhat less predictable, any must have a source sufficient excess fat on your body. 

Making an appointment with a plastic surgeon is the best way to learn your options. Thank you best wishes.

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Decrease in breast size after stopping breastfeeding

Hello and thanks for your question. Yes, it is common and completely normal for your breast size to decrease after you stop breastfeeding. First, congratulations on breastfeeding your child as it is the best way to help their immunity and overall health. In regards to the decrease, it is completely up to you whether you want to do something about this change or not. There is no natural way to increase your breast size, so if this is concerning to you, then breast augmentation would be the answer. If you are comfortable with the size, but your breasts are drooping, then a breast lift may be a better option. Realize that both options are surgeries and have their risks but in this modern age, both are safely and routinely done all over the United States. Make sure you see a board-certified plastic surgeon for either surgery. Good luck!

Shankar Lakshman, MD
Pasadena Plastic Surgeon
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