Many women worry about the state of their breasts after breastfeeding. It's actually one of the main reasons that lead some to bottle-feed their babies instead.
The fear of getting saggy breasts after breastfeeding is pretty widespread, but what a lot of ladies don't know is that there are easy tips to take care of this problem. No, that doesn't mean your breasts are going to be the same they used to be before expecting a child, because that's not very common, but they can certainly remain firm and beautiful.
If you support breastfeeding but, at the same time, you are concerned about how pregnancy is going to affect your bosom during and after nursing your munchkin, the following information may be very useful to you.
Breasts after breastfeeding: Multiple changes
Throughout pregnancy, you must have been experiencing many changes in your breasts. The hormones made them first get sore, tender and larger. As months went by, their colour got darker, their veins became more noticeable and they also must have got some stretch marks. Of course, all of those symptoms came along with leaking colostrum, also called the first milk, which shows up around the time you’re 16 weeks pregnant.
Once you pass the pregnancy stage and get into breastfeeding, your breasts could, in effect, become saggy and with sore nipples. You could also suffer from an extra condition called mastitis, which happens when your breasts get inflamed due to leftover milk that your little one couldn't finish.
Don't let them down
There are many things you can do to care for your breasts after breastfeeding. They will require some willpower, but after all it'll be worth it.
- Don't wait until birth: Planning ahead is going to make the whole thing much easier. If you want to keep your bosom in good shape, you have to get started during pregnancy. As your breasts grow, start wearing an extra supportive bra that will reduce the pressure on your ligaments and will secure their firmness. In addition, you should follow a diet rich in vitamin C to prevent you from getting itchy and dry skin on that part of your body. Finally, when your breasts start leaking colostrum, it would be good if you could wear some breast pads that can soak it up. That way, you won't get soreness and irritation.
- Get a nursing bra: Even if you've been wearing an extra supportive bra during some weeks of your pregnancy, you may as well get a nursing bra, adapted for breastfeeding. If your breasts are large, you should wear it all the time, because the extra weight can definitely cause saggy breasts. If they are smaller, you can alternate it with normal bra.
- Lotion, another option: one good remedy to face the stretch marks caused by pregnancy and breastfeeding is using lotion. In the market you can find many types of anti-stretch mark lotions that will keep your breasts toned up. The lotion can also be useful to prevent saggy breasts after breastfeeding, since it prevents the muscles in the bosom from getting strained.
- Avoid hunching: Sometimes, we get pain in different parts of our bodies because we spend time in positions that are bad for our muscles and tendons. Well, in this case something similar happens. Hunching and not keeping your torso steady most of the time can be another trigger for fallen breasts.
- Let's work out: exercise is a very good option when it comes to taking care of your breasts after breastfeeding. Try to work on your chest and pectorals to make them more resistant. You can try swimming, which will put all of that area to work, and also with specific bust exercises that can strengthen the muscles underneath the breasts.
- Don't hurry to lose weight: if you are one of those who take perfect care of their bodies, you may not like what you are about to read. As much as you may want to recover your figure after nursing your little one, you should know that a dramatic loss of weight could make your breasts saggy. Your body needs its time to get back to its pre-pregnancy shape, so you should take it gradually.
On top of all those tips, there's something you need to know. If you wean your baby off of breast milk too quickly or too soon, the chances of getting saggy breast will dramatically increase. Some women tend to do it when they start introducing solids into the baby's diet, between month 4 to 6, but that's exactly when the baby demands more breast milk. The ideal time to wean is between the 2-4 year mark, when the baby is more into solids. Weaning gradually won't cause a dramatic change in your breasts.
Worrying about breasts after breastfeeding is a normal feeling. Yet, it is good to replace that anxiety with some actions that reduce the effect of pregnancy on your breasts. If you do the right things, you can count on keeping that perky bosom for a long time!