How You Can Prevent & Fix Saggy Breasts After Breastfeeding

Many breastfeeding mothers are worried they will have saggy breasts after breastfeeding their baby. However, weight shifts during pregnancies, hormones, and other factors are more related to changes in your breasts. 

You can follow some of the tips you will find here below to prevent and fix sagging breasts. In addition, some of these tips will help make your breasts look firmer and younger regardless of whether you breastfeed or how long you breastfeed.

Unfortunately, your breasts won’t look like they did before you had your baby. But with these methods, you won’t be staring with dismay at your deflated balloon boobs in the mirror anymore.

Don’t worry about breastfeeding affecting your breasts. Instead, enjoy this special moment with your baby and learn more about how to prevent and minimize breasts sagging.

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Internal reason:

  1. Breast size increase and fluctuations during pregnancy, especially starting from the first trimester
  2. Being overweight or with a naturally curvy figure may make you more likely to develop saggy breasts
  3. Genetics also play a significant role in your skin’s natural elasticity, also considering that some women have a predisposition to breast sagging and stretch marks
  4. Multiple pregnancies can increase the likelihood of sagging breasts so that the more children you have, the more stretched out your breasts will become

External reason:

  1. Age as skin loses its natural elasticity with time
  2. Gravity that pulls your breasts down and stretches your breast’s ligaments
  3. Smoking can accelerate the aging process and make your skin look saggier
  4. Rapid weight losses contribute to loss of elasticity and muscle tone, especially right after giving birth
  5. Lack of regular exercise contributes to reduced muscle tone, affecting the muscles that support your breasts

Other reasons:

Collagen deficiency, estrogen deficiency, menopause, sunburn

Why Are Your Breasts Sagging?

During pregnancy and breastfeeding, women experience dramatic and rapid breast changes, including saggy boobs. Breast sagging (known as breast ptosis) is a natural body change caused by a loss of skin elasticity. The female breasts are made of fat and ligaments but lack muscle tissue. So they’re inclined to become saggier with time and due to a series of other factors. Normal aging, pregnancy, smoking, and hormones are the most common factors.

The degree of sagging is measured by the position of the nipple in relation to where the underside of the breast attaches to the chest wall. The degree of ptosis can range from mild to severe. Therefore, it’s essential to understand the factors that may contribute to the sagging of your breasts so that you can improve your chances of getting your boobs back to normal again. 

Here are some of the reasons why your breasts look saggier:

Internal reason:

  1. Breast size increase and fluctuations during pregnancy, especially starting from the first trimester
  2. Being overweight or with a naturally curvy figure may make you more likely to develop saggy breasts
  3. Genetics also play a significant role in your skin’s natural elasticity, also considering that some women have a predisposition to breast sagging and stretch marks
  4. Multiple pregnancies can increase the likelihood of sagging breasts so that the more children you have, the more stretched out your breasts will become

External reason:

  1. Age as skin loses its natural elasticity with time
  2. Gravity that pulls your breasts down and stretches your breast’s ligaments
  3. Smoking can accelerate the aging process and make your skin look saggier
  4. Rapid weight losses contribute to loss of elasticity and muscle tone, especially right after giving birth
  5. Lack of regular exercise contributes to reduced muscle tone, affecting the muscles that support your breasts

Other reasons:

Collagen deficiency, estrogen deficiency, menopause, sunburn

  • During pregnancy, specific hormones push your breasts through a process that prepares them for breastfeeding. The number of milk ducts increases, and they become bigger. Your breasts will get bigger during pregnancy, and your skin will stretch over time. 
  • After pregnancy, you will start losing the additional weight that you put on during pregnancy. Your enlarged milk ducts will also start shrinking, and this will leave your breasts in a deflated shape. 
  • During breastfeeding, your breasts become even more dense and bigger because of milk production. Breast engorgement and inflammation can also leave your breasts misshapen. 
  • After weaning from breastfeeding, all the milk ducts shrink to their original pre-pregnancy size, leaving the breast empty and the skin around it looking saggy. It’s normal for your breasts to become asymmetrical. One may shrink over time, while the other stays the same. 

What Can You Do to Prevent Sagging Breasts?

Wondering how you can prevent sagging breasts while breastfeeding? While you can’t control your age or genes, you can still control other factors contributing to sagging breasts. 

Here are a few ways to prevent sagging breasts:

  1. Eat a healthy dietfull of healthy fats like omega-3’s that are good for your skin;
  2. Eat foods rich in vitamin Band E while also loading up on vegetables and fruits;
  3. Limit your consumption of animal fat, which is not good for your skin’s elasticity;
  4. Keep your weight gain under control and avoid sudden weight loss;
  5. Massage your breasts frequently, especially with hot and then cold water while in the shower;
  6. Exercise for muscle tone with specific arm and chest exercises;
  7. Maintain good posture with your back straight and your shoulders back to support your breasts;
  8. Wear a quality nursing or pumping bra to provide enough support to your breasts while breastfeeding;
  9. Wear a correct-fitting and supportive bra that is non-elastic, has wide straps and doesn’t have plastic or metal underwires;
  10. Wear a sports bra with ample support during your workouts, especially jogging;
  11. Avoid breast engorgement so that your skin doesn’t stretch when your breasts are over-full;
  12. Wean gradually from breastfeeding to let the fat tissue redeposit inside your breasts and help them regain their pre-pregnancy appearance more quickly;
  13. Sit in the correct position when breastfeeding to make the whole process more comfortable and avoid putting pressure on your breasts;
  14. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated;
  15. Keep your breasts moisturized to help your skin handle stretching and prevent damage;
  16. Wean slowly to reduce your milk supply with time and avoid breast engorgement;
  17. Stop smoking to reduce your skin’s ability to repair any damage done to tobacco use; 
  18. Use essential oils like coconut oil, olive oil, and almond oil;
  19. Try to sleep on your back when possible;
  20. Protect your breasts from the sun to save your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays;

How Can You Fix Sagging Breasts?

Besides sticking to a healthier lifestyle, you can also do some exercise to prevent and fix saggy breasts:

  1. Pushups, which are a good way to build up your chest area and provide an excellent lift over time;
  2. Chest press
  3. Wall press, which helps strengthen the pectoral muscles, which in turn support your breasts;
  4. Bench press, which strengthens your pectoral muscles (chest), shoulders, and back;
  5. Chest fly, which helps tone the chest, arm, and back muscles;
  6. Arm raises, which target the upper body (especially the shoulders and arms);
  7. Other types of physical exercise you can do to prevent sagging breasts include: swimming, bench press, chest butterfly exercises, weight lifting;

Here are other valuable tips:

  1. Stop smoking;
  2. Wear a proper bra with a proper posture. Check out our comfortable Momcozy nursing bras!;
  3. Use natural breast creams and supplements;
  4. Moisturize and exfoliate your skin;
  5. If all the other methods fail, you can try breast lift surgery (called a “mastopexy procedure”);

Here are some home remedies to correct dropping breasts:

  1. Mixture of cucumber and egg yolk
  2. Olive oil
  3. Ice massage
  4. Fenugreek
  5. Aloe vera
  6. Egg white

Conclusion

Breastfeeding is perhaps one of the best things you can do for your baby. Breastfeeding makes sure that your baby is well nourished and is free of diseases. It also gives your baby the strength to fight off any infections that may come his way. So while saggy breasts happen for many reasons, breastfeeding is not a factor you should worry about. 

While your breasts may change after your first baby, you can still prevent ptosis with some of the remedies and tips we described here above. 

In all of this, the most important thing to remember is that you need to give your body time to recover from pregnancy and breastfeeding. It has been through a lot of changes, and even now, it still is.

While you might be sporting saggy pancake boobs now, you may not be forever. So in the meantime, buy yourself a new bra. Those boobs have served your baby well, and they deserve a treat. You’ll also feel more supported. 

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Disclaimer: Momcozy does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Any information published on this website or by this brand is not intended to substitute for medical advice. You should not take any action before consulting with a healthcare professional.

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