Does Breastfeeding Cause Saggy Breasts? Find Out The Truth

Does Breastfeeding Cause Saggy Breasts
Does Breastfeeding Cause Saggy Breasts

Every woman has a different view in this matter according to their past experiences. Well, some say breast sags due to pregnancy and some says it is due to breastfeeding.

The medical term for sagging or drooping is ptosis. Many women say that breastfeeding causes breast ptosis. But the various studies conducted so far shows pregnancy and various other factors leads to breast ptosis and not breastfeeding.

The study suggests that breastfeeding doesn’t make breast sag but having more kids can be a reason of it. The skin and ligaments which support the breast may extend as the pregnant woman’s chest grows heavier and fuller.

But, when her breast shrinks back down after delivering her baby the stretched ligament and skin may not come back to their former shape.

A study conducted that involves 132 women. Researchers interviewed the 132 women in between 1998 to 2006. On an average, the age of women were 39 years and 93% of them have experienced pregnancy at least for one time.

Among the mothers, 58% of them breastfed at least one of their babies. And an average duration of breastfeeding was about nine months.

Researchers also estimated the women’s medical history, pre-pregnancy bra cup size, smoking and body mass index (BMI) status.

Researchers from the University of Kentucky found that breastfeeding doesn’t have a significant effect on breast ptosis. In fact, a number of pregnancies a woman had, smoking, BMI, and age contributes to sagginess of their breasts.

Furthermore, older the woman is and also the more pregnancies she had, the more saggy breasts she had.

Smoking also contributes to shrinking of breasts. Smoking breaks down the skin protein called elastin. This protein provides you youthful skin and also its elastic appearance supports the breasts.

Hence, its makes a sense that smoking has an adverse effect on the breasts, researchers said. Moreover, being overweight can also lead to the same drooping effect.

It is the fact that your breast’s size and shape changes after having the baby but pregnancy is a cause for it not breastfeeding. Your breasts get back to the size as they were before your pregnancy about 2 weeks after you gave birth to your baby.

They will remain at this same size until you wean your baby. These changes will occur either you breastfeed your baby or not.

What Causes Breast Ptosis?


As I told you breastfeeding doesn’t cause breast ptosis. Here I am telling you about those factors that actually contribute to breast ptosis.

1. The Amount Of Weight That You Gain

Extra weight can lead to more stretched out breasts.

2. Smoking

Smoking makes the skin lose its elasticity by breaking down the skin protein called elastin. Hence smokers are more likely to have saggy breasts.

3. Number Of Pregnancies

Breast ptosis increases with each pregnancy. The more babies you have, the more chances you have saggy breasts.

4. Genetics

The genes also play a key role in the shape and size of your breasts, your body weight and strength of cooper’s ligaments.

5. Age

Regardless of breastfeeding and pregnancy, age has its own effect in breast ptosis.

Researchers say that many women hesitate to breastfeed their babies because of this myth that breastfeeding will lead to breast ptosis. But now they can realize the truth and can breastfeed their babies without any hesitation, say, researchers.

If you are facing the problem of sagging breast, you can follow the home remedies to cure it.

Hope the above- mentioned information is useful for you.

Dr. Ashish Paul is a qualified Ayurvedic physician and a Medical Herbalist, based at Harley Street, London.She uses western and eastern herbs and Ayurvedic therapies with her patients. Dr. Ashish consults a lot of couples on their journey of conception, whether its natural conception or via IVF (In Vitro Fertilization).