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Does Breastfeeding Cause Saggy Breasts?

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Some mothers prefer formula feeding whereas some choose breastfeeding. What's the healthier option? Breastfeeding is surely healthy for the baby and the mother too.

Firstly, it strengthens the bond between the mother and the baby. And then breast milk is the most natural and nutritious source of food for the baby which is free of chemicals.

Also Read: Why Breastfeeding Is Healthy?

But breastfeeding is blamed for saggy breasts. But is it true that breastfeeding could sag the breasts?

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Fact #1

A majority of women think that breastfeeding could sag the breasts. But experts say that breastfeeding cannot be the only reason behind sagging breasts. Many other factors could contribute to it.

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Fact #2

A study claimed that no difference has been observed between two groups of women out of which one chose breast feeding and the other chose formula feeding. They concluded that firmness or lack of it isn't affected only by breastfeeding.

Also Read: Remedies For Sore Nipples After Breastfeeding

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Fact #3

One observation of experts is that breastfeeding could also make the skin (on the chest) healthy.

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Fact #4

Actually, pregnancy itself affects the breasts more than breastfeeding. During pregnancy, when the milk production starts, the size and shape of the breasts will undergo changes.

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Fact #5

When there is weight gain, the ligaments which are near the breasts stretch a bit and this could cause the sag.

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Fact #6

Even genetic factors have a role in the shape, size and firmness of your breasts.

Also Read: Can Breastfeeding Impact Behaviour Of A Kid

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Fact #7

Also, other factors like age, multiple pregnancies, habits like smoking, body fat and activity levels in your life also play a role in the firmness or sagging nature of the breasts.

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Fact #8

Breastfeeding is also said to minimise the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer before menopause.

Also Read: Lose Weight During Breast Feeding Phase

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Fact #9

Quitting smoking, controlling weight gain, exercising regularly, wearing supportive inner wear and moisturising the breasts may prevent sagging.

Story first published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 13:00 [IST]
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