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Breastfeed but don't lose your bounce

Latest study finds that breastfeeding isn't responsible for the loss of breast shape experienced by new Mums.
A brand new study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has found that, contrary to popular belief, breastfeeding doesn't actually cause sagging in the bust area. This is a common misconception that puts many women off choosing this feeding option despite its well publicised health benefits so this study should help to settle many a worried mother-to-be's mind.

93 women were examined as part of the study, all of whom had given birth to at least one child and 58% of which had breastfed for an average of 9 months. Despite this, no relationship was found between any aspect of breastfeeding and loss of breast shape. Instead age, a history of smoking, BMI and a larger pre-pregnancy bust were all found to play a determining role. The number of pregnancies experienced was also linked to increased breast sagging.

This research is actually the first to investigate whether breastfeeding is responsible for the changes in breast shape associated with pregnancy and manages to dismiss this old wives tale in one fell swoop. So, when your baby arrives you can breastfeed without this worry if it's the right option for you.

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I have large breasts naturally *(36F) before pregnancy. I fed my daughter -now almost 13 for 6 months and will be feeding my little one for at least that length of time. My age, and the size has taken a little toll- but I look after my boobs with moisturiser ( bio oil is great) I wear good bras- now in bed too. I have been told I have better boobs than lots of girls half my age , and my partner loves them :-)
by Maturemum 14th May 2010, 3:49pm
Yay to askbaby! I've read ths info somwhere else too, and although it's a bit of a sad indictment on our society that breast shape matters more than thier child's health and wellbeing to anyone, any knowledge that encourages women to breastfeed is good for them and their kids.
by tineszoo 5th Jan 2009, 9:29am
I wish more women realised this, if you speak many this is the main reason they give for not even considering breastfeeding.
by JOJACK 22nd Aug 2008, 10:35am