How to maintain breast shape after breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is one of the most intimate moments a mother can share with her child. It has a lot of health benefits for both mothers and children, but also for their relationship. For those reasons, it is strongly promoted by doctors and health workers whenever it is an option.


How long should mothers breastfeed?

The recommended period for breastfeeding is 6 months, but a lot of mothers do it for much longer. It is a special experience and something mothers are grateful for, but it has an impact on our bodies. Women must prepare for body changes that come after breastfeeding even during pregnancy.


What happens to breasts after breastfeeding?

This big change that awaits your breasts comes even before you start to breastfeed. Your body is preparing for a new role and it is giving its best for your child. It is no secret that during pregnancy breasts enlarge and become puffier. That is because your breast tissue is preparing for nourishing, so the milk- producing glands become fuller.



Nine months is a long period of time, so your fuller breasts will start to grow on you. You will get used to this new size and shape, so it can come as a shock when they get back to the old size after some time. The truth is, though, that in most cases your breasts change shape and size for good. Pregnancy is a wild hormonal ride, so the whole body can change its previous curse. Some women get back to their pre-pregnancy selves, but most of us experience drastic changes.


Breastfeeding myths


1. Breasts change after breastfeeding: true or false?

True. As we said, breast changes after breastfeeding are not unusual. The most common problem is the loss of breast tissue which usually leads to a “deflated” appearance. Well, we can all agree that every woman would like to prevent saggy breasts.


But, let’s find out first if it is true:


2. Do breasts become saggy after breastfeeding?

The answer is both true and false. It is necessary to say that there are many factors that affect sagging.


Age and size are the most relatable because they simply follow nature’s course. The heavier the breast tissue, the harder it gets for our skin to carry the weight. Age is something that awaits us all, and we cannot prevent it.

The skin loosens up with age and it is completely normal for our breasts to appear saggier. So, we cannot blame only breastfeeding if we notice a change. However, after adolescence, pregnancy is the most turbulent period for our bodies.


3. Change in breast size after breastfeeding happens to many women: true or false?

True. You can experience a change in breast size, or even in breast shape. All that can happen even if you decide not to breastfeed so don’t let saggy breasts be your reason to turn to formula.


Why do breast changes occur?


When the baby is born, your breasts fill with breast milk and the skin stretches to make more room for the milk. After you stop breastfeeding and your breasts stop producing milk, they “shrink”. The problem is that the skin that was supporting our fuller breasts, doesn’t wrap around the smaller size, and instead stays stretched. This leads to a saggy appearance and a lack of elasticity. However, you can never really know what you can expect after pregnancy. Especially if it’s your first one.


So, if you are thinking to yourself now “Okay, I get it. It happens. But, how to tighten loose breasts after breastfeeding?”.


Don’t worry, here are some solutions on how to lift your breasts naturally after breastfeeding:


1. Nursing bras

Try a nursing bra during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It will support ligaments in your breasts and strengthen them for sizing up. To find the perfect bra for saggy breasts after breastfeeding, you should consult an expert at your favorite bra specialty shop. Your body is very sensitive during this time, so the wrong size or shape could harm you.


2. Moisturizers

There are plenty of safe natural moisturizers on the market that you can apply daily to your breasts. Gently rubbing the moisturizer onto the skin or massaging them during shower will help skin maintain elasticity and prevent stretch marks.


With active hydration, your skin will adjust better to new circumstances and provide better support.

3. Breast exercises after breastfeeding

Regular exercise is good for your overall health during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Regular walks or jogging can help your body to easily carry out the pregnancy. Also, it can help you and your baby to stay healthy. Swimming is a great exercise because it works your whole body, but it is also calming and tranquil. Pushups or arm stretching with light weights can help your breast tissue strengthen and become more flexible. If you like more mindful and tranquil workouts, you should check yoga for pregnant women.


How to keep your breasts from sagging after breastfeeding?

So, there is not a definite way of keeping your breast firm after breastfeeding, but there are ways of taking care of your skin. Just try to find the time in your day and dedicate it to body care. Massage your breasts, exercise, drink plenty of fluids, hydrate your skin and eat fresh and healthy foods. With all that, you may avoid saggy breasts!


Talk to a professional!

If you need more help in this area or want to help your friends learn something new, feel free to contact me at jene@jeneluciani.com.


Every woman should learn about her body and prepare herself for the most vulnerable moments in her life. As an author and lifestyle expert, I am guided by a desire to help women embrace their selves and enjoy their bodies.

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