Where’d my breasts go? The not-so Breastfeeding Perks
Many of us ladies have had the unfortunate experience of the vanishing ladies. I am not referring to a magic act performed by a magician. Instead, I am referring to our lovely ladies known as our Breasts.
Most of us become pretty happy when pregnancy brings on the breast upgrades such as a touch of firmness and bounciness that works so well together with the increase in size to flatter our figures. While others feel like they have become so large that they are cumbersome and take away from their perkiness and great looks.
I do think we can all agree that what is happening to our breasts is pretty amazing because of why. The reason our breasts are changing is due to hormones that are preparing the milk glands to start making milk. When this happens you will notice a darkening of your nipples and the area around your nipples called the areola. The further along in the pregnancy we become the larger our breasts will grow.
After birth our breasts will start to produce milk.. AMAZING! RIGHT?! The milk ducts will begin to prepare to fill with milk and start off making colostrum. This is a great nutrition source for all babies, even if mom is not going to breast feed I would highly recommend pumping or nursing the colostrum to feed to baby before weaning the breasts.
After a few days to a week the mother’s milk will come in and her breasts become even fuller. It can takes weeks before the breasts balance out and feel normal and not to full all the time. After mom is done breast feeding she can wean her baby off breast milk.
And this is when it happens.. the dreaded… deflating of the breasts…
What exactly causes our breasts to shrink after breastfeeding and to appear saggy?
Well, all the growth caused the skin and ligaments to stretch. To be honest, this will even happen to women whether they breastfeed or not. This is because her breasts had all those changes even prior to birth. Now what many of us women experience is a saggy and deflated appearance to our breasts. Bye, Bye Perky and fuller breasts, hello push up bra.
You may be wondering if anything can be done to have your firmer breasts back.
Here are some tips to help with those deflated breast look:
- You can try exercise. Doing these exercises can help to strengthen the muscles that hold breasts up and to get that firmness back.
– Dumbbell Pull-Over
– Push Up
– Chest Press
- Take alternating hot and cold showers. This is a proven method that helps to stimulate blood circulation to improve strength and tone in the breasts and bring life back to them. The results will be breasts that perk up and become more firm.
- Wean baby or pumping gradually. If you wean quickly then the milk with dry up quickly leaving no opportunity for your breast to tighten up while the size decreases. Instead the skin and muscles will hang loosely and gravity will work against the sagging making it harder for skin to tighten or the breasts to tone back up.
- Choose a proper bra that will help hold your breast but allow for them to still use the muscles that hold them up. When the muscles are not being used, then they weaken and will leave the breasts to sag more. It’s important to consider proper bras while pregnant that hold up the breasts while heavier to not stretch the skin or ligaments too much then either.
Let us know what has worked for you.. Did you find a method that is not in this list? Remember ladies at the end of the day… our breast are amazing and they are just showing us what little sacrifices can do for amazing reasons. Our babies and even other babies we help to feed thank us for all the hard work and dedication!