One of the most common things to hear from women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant is that they intend to bottle the baby because they do not want to have sagging breasts after breastfeeding.
Even women who support breastfeeding seem to accept that choosing to feed their children the best food that nature can provide will sacrifice the firmness of the breast tissue and sagging breasts after breastfeeding will only be a consequence. In fact, it is totally possible and even normal to take care of several children and have little or no change in the appearance of the breast after weaning.
Why Do Breasts Fall After Breastfeeding?
Falling breasts after breastfeeding may be mainly the result of the irregular diet of most breastfeeding mothers, in addition to the incorrect way of preparing the breast for breastfeeding. Good genetics also helps in those hours.
Avoid Falling Breasts After Breastfeeding By Eating Well
The most important thing a woman can do before breastfeeding is to properly prepare her breasts for the stress and tension of that phase with a diet that results in a very strong and elastic skin.
A low-saturated fat diet that avoids butter and other animal fats, including vegetable oils and other protein-rich foods, will not result in more elastic skin, which prevents sagging breasts after breastfeeding.
The reason for this is that each cell of the skin and body has a cell membrane that ideally should be composed of at least 50% saturated fat.
When the cell membranes of the skin are composed mainly of saturated fats, as they should be, they are strong, resistant and highly elastic which is sure to make a big difference when the breasts double in size during breastfeeding.
Healthy fats are critical for healthy skin
If a woman avoids saturated fats in the diet, and consumes poly saturated fats and vegetable oils, such as soybean oil that is used heavily in almost all processed foods, the skin’s cell membranes will incorporate some of these fats.
This will result in cells that will be easily damaged by distention of the breasts and the effort to breastfeed, thus causing sagging breasts after breastfeeding.
Saturated fat in the diet is also essential to prevent stretch marks on the breasts when the milk comes down shortly after the baby is born. Skin cells with highly saturated cell membranes will be elastic and will not be easily damaged by this sudden tension.
Another critical fat that healthy skin needs is arachidonic acid . This fat is found mainly in egg yolks and butter, which so many women who prepare for pregnancy and breastfeeding mistakenly avoid.
Traditional women in Chinese provinces know this. They are encouraged to eat up to 10 eggs a day along with an abundance of chicken and pork while breastfeeding. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why it is very difficult to see a traditional Chinese woman breastfeeding, with sagging breasts.
Arachidonic acid (AA) is an underestimated fat to keep your skin healthy . Arachidonic acid is critical for the proper formation of the junctions between skin cells.
Without enough arachidonic acid in the diet, the skin is unable to maintain moisture properly and is more susceptible to damage as the water between the cells evaporates leaving the cell-to-cell union that makes the skin stronger.
Does Weaning Influence This Change?
Often yes, in addition to the diet, the approach that the woman uses to wean the baby significantly affects the result that can cause the breasts to sag after breastfeeding.
Weaning around 4 to 6 months contributes a lot to generate sagging breasts after breastfeeding. This is the time when the baby’s demands for milk are the best.
Stopping breastfeeding abruptly at this point is not a good idea , it can cause excessively flabby breasts. To get an idea of what happens, let’s look at the example of the obese person who has reduction surgery and loses weight quickly. It usually results in excess skin that needs to be removed by surgery years later.
The best way to wean is gradually , ideally from 2 years, when the demand for breastfeeding decreases as the child starts to become more interested in solid foods.
At this stage, the body has time to slowly shrink and reabsorb the tissue and skin of the breasts that have stretched and expanded widely to accommodate large amounts of breast milk.
I did everything right, but my breasts fell out after weaning!
There is no denying that some women, even following the rules, end up having sagging breasts after breastfeeding. As stated above, genetics counts a lot in this case , as does the person who eats everything and does not put on weight, or the person who does not have stretch marks during pregnancy.
Some localized exercises can soften the appearance of drooping breasts after breastfeeding, but if you are still not happy with what happened to your breasts, the next resort would be surgery for correction .
Which Surgery Is Ideal For Fallen Breasts After Breastfeeding?
Many women are mistaken as to what surgery should be done to lift their fallen breasts after breastfeeding. Many of them make the mistake of placing breast implants to solve the problem.
When the breasts are drooping, mastopexy is the most suitable plastic surgery, as it is necessary to reposition the breasts. This plastic surgery aims to leave the breasts in a higher position in the chest area.
The implantation of prostheses can be performed together with the repositioning of the breasts if that is the patient’s desire.
Excess Skin Removal
It is important to know that the placement of breast implants without removing excess skin can leave the breasts more sagging and, thus, the final aesthetic result is compromised and unsatisfactory. Even the areolas can have a bad position.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.