Are Saggy Breasts Inevitable?
Every woman who is breastfeeding or recently weened their baby is interested in whether her breasts will ever look the same as they used to. Your breasts used to be toned and firm and now, especially if you used to breastfeed and have stopped, the skin is stretched and the breasts hang lower.
Breasts are very special part of woman’s body. We all like to take good care of them want them to be healthy and look beautiful.
The bad news is that for many of us, our breasts will never really be the same after breastfeeding. It's important to keep in mind that all women's breasts change and become less toned with age whether they breastfeed or not. The good news is that there are several things we can do to minimize sagginess, and those things are:
- avoid certain positions while breastfeeding
- support the breasts with a bra
Why Do Breasts Sag After Breastfeeding?
During pregnancy, due to specific hormones, breasts go through a process which prepares them for breastfeeding. The number of milk ducts grows and they become bigger. This is why women's breasts get bigger during pregnancy.
During breastfeeding, the breasts become even more dense. They get bigger and bigger because of milk production and the skin is stretched over time. Engorgement and inflammation can even leave breasts misshapen. It's not unusual for a woman's breasts to become asymmetrical: One may shrink over time, while the other stays the same.
What to do if You Are Still Breastfeeding
- Avoid Leaning Over When you are nursing your baby, especially when the baby is very tiny, use a pillow to raise your baby up high enough to meet your breast. Avoid leaning over and angling your breast down into your baby's mouth. This will help prevent your skin from stretching even more.
- Wear a Good Bra The skin in your breasts needs support. Get a good nursing or sports bra to hold your breasts up. This will prevent further sagging.
- Eat Less Animal Fat What you eat is for breasts skin tone. Reduce your animal fat intake and eat more wholegrain cereals, legumes, and green vegetables. Use this time while you are nursing to eat more salads, olive oil, and fresh fruits. Eat foods rich in vitamin B (eggs, fish, and poultry) and E (nuts, seeds, and leafy greens). These vitamins help maintain skin’s elasticity and tone.
- Hot and Cold Showers While you are in the shower, switch between hot and cold water. This will improve your circulation and skin tone. Finish your shower with cold water. That way your breast skin will stay firm.
- Wean Gradually When you are ready to plan weaning, leave time to do it gradually. The more gradually you wean, the more you will help the fat tissue to redeposit inside breasts. That will help them regain their pre-pregnancy appearance more quickly.
- Avoid Rapid Weight Loss Breastfeeding can help women lose their pregnancy weight. But be careful. If you find that the pounds are just falling off, your skin won't be able to keep up. Try to lose that weight gradually so that your skin has time to change too.
What to do When You Have Stopped Breastfeeding
You cannot build up your breasts like some other part of your body. Breasts are not composed of muscles and ligaments. Instead, they only have fatty tissue and that’s why they are prone to sagging.
You can, however, strengthen the muscles that hold the breasts up and work on your posture. Have you noticed that while you are breastfeeding you tend to slouch over? When we hold ourselves up with good back posture, our breasts follow along and don't sag as much. By exercising your pectoral and back muscles, you will build the strength required to hold your breasts up, making them appear more toned.
1. Dumbbell Pull-Over
This exercise strengthens your arms, chest, and back. This will be great for your posture and supporting your breasts.
- Lie back on a bench with both feet on the floor.
- Hold a dumbbell in each hand over head.
- Raise your arms up so they are pointing at the ceiling
Push ups are great for arm, back, and core muscle strengthening, which helps with posture.
- Facing the floor, place hands in front of your parallel. You can either keep your legs straight or bend at the knees.
- Lower yourself down as far as you can and then push back up.
The chest press is another exercise that tones the arm, chest, and back muscles.
- While seated at an angle with both feet on the floor, hold a weight in each hand.
- Extend your arms out.
- Slowly pull your arms in towards your chest.
Creams After Breastfeeding
While you were breastfeeding, you probably didn’t use any cream on your breast skin. If you have stopped breastfeeding, this is the right time for beauty treatments. Invest in a quality skin cream. Your skin will be soft, healthy, and your breast skin may tone up a bit.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Caroline Schieng on April 08, 2020:
I'm 26yrs.....5months pregnant.... Well it's my 1st pregnancy and my boob's as become so big that I'm beginning to hate myself....i. can't even carry them please help
dorcas marthias on December 28, 2019:
am 16years old and my breast have fallen and sagging what can i do
Spendylove on December 26, 2019:
Am 22 years and i have only one daughter,, after breastfeeding her for about 1 year, my breast are still small but Fallen. What can i do to get rid of my breast Fallen?
Sitanjali on December 06, 2019:
I have 2 child. Small one is 2yrs of age. But my are sagging and they are loose too. Suggest some medicines to restoring my breast upwards and tight.
mvelelo on October 13, 2019:
My baby is 10 months now my breast are sagging looking old what can i do
Nora on August 09, 2019:
What can i do to firm my breast after breastfeeding
Favour on July 05, 2019:
I am 24yrs old. I have two kids, the second one is 2yrs now but the most annoying part of it is that my breast has sagged already and that' s bad and unsatisfying. Someone should please help a sister on anything i can do or take to make my breast round and firm again.
Stephanie on June 26, 2019:
Hi ladies :) the trick is eat healthy, have a regular exercise routine, and work on the entire body. Don’t give up and take it slow. I know the world expects us to be gorgeous like before but this is natural ❤️ So it’s takes natural to help us. I’ve had a big chest and now have very saggy breast do to my breast feeding positions. Simply eat healthy and stay positive, do t lose hope. Don’t eat fast food either, that helps no one anyway. Stay strong ladies!!
Fatima on April 23, 2019:
Iam 27 years old iam feeding my son and my breast become very big and i cant wear dress please ineed good advice please
Rhoda on April 16, 2019:
Please I need help am 30years now and I have three children, and my breast is sagging already, please what can I do.
Ameachi blessing on April 09, 2019:
Please i gave birth when i was 16 and i breastfeed my baby for a year and 3 months and now is 6 years i stop breastfeeding , i have try all i could to firm my breast but still no change, can you please help me, am ashame to off my cloth where there are many people,
Bongi khoza on March 29, 2019:
What should i apply to make my break strong nd fresh ...after break feeding for four years
Nina on March 05, 2019:
I am a mother of 10 children and Breastfed all of them, between the children and work and school, I did push ups, weight lifting in my workout routine and I have been able to maintain my breasts. My husband is 13 years younger than me, it while it does not bother him, it bothers me. He loves me just the way I am.
Now I am 52 and noticed a bit of some sagging, and I was told a recipe to lift and tighten, along with light weight workout. Anyone interested can inbox me at mooregirl01gmail.com no strings, just plain natural remedy that does help, but you also need to put the work into it.
Jud on January 26, 2019:
Wat can I do to make my breast firm again
Temitope on November 27, 2018:
I am 30yrs and I have two children..i just stop breast feeding My breast looks very old and weak.. please what can I use to push it up again.
nusrat on November 18, 2018:
I am 35 years old. I have two baby. The youngest is 12 months old. When I was 15 to 26, then i have attractive 36 large sized breast. but at 27, I had gone through a surgery for breast tumor. After that the size became small but it was 34 and attractive. But after my baby birth the size enlarged up to 42. after that it becomes so saggy and small. Its too much depressing. Just flat saggy breast. how to i recover and gain a 36 sized tones breast?
Juanita on November 06, 2018:
I’m 18 years old. I ended up having a miscarriage last year on Aug. 13,2018. I was really devastated but a couple months later i was pregnant again (keep in mind, I didn’t lose ANY of my symptoms from the 1st pregnancy). Well now I have my son Marley and his birthday is actually Aug.13 2018. The only reason i’m saying this is because before I got pregnant I had 32 DDD. Well they were never perky persay they had a good look
Juanita on November 02, 2018:
I’m 18 years old. I ended up having a miscarriage last year on Aug. 13,2018. I was really devastated but a couple months later i was pregnant again (keep in mind, I didn’t lose ANY of my symptoms from the 1st pregnancy). Well now I have my son Marley and his birthday is actually Aug.13 2018. The only reason i’m saying this is because before I got pregnant I had 32 DDD. Well they were never perky persay but they had a good look to them. However, since I was pregnant for a year and three months they’ve become droopyish
Natasha on June 01, 2018:
After breast feeding my son, I was pretty much left with what felt like less breast than what I started with in the first place, how does that even happen? Anyway, It is awful! I have been using boobpop to help get them nice again and cant wait to see how it works out.
jummmy on May 21, 2018:
I have stop breastfeeding my child over 2years and half +now and my breast look old and falling down what should i do to it to come up and strong pls .
Bola Ajayi on April 18, 2018:
Please I Need Your Help I Breastfeed For Over Six Years Ago And My Breast Not Stand Anymore I Tried But Nothing Pls What Should I Do To Push It Up Again ?
Sheila on April 11, 2018:
Can olive oil be helpful when massaged on sagged breasts after the breastfeeding process
Celiwe mvelase on April 04, 2018:
I am 32years and I have one kid.. My breast looks very week and old.. What can I use to get them back to normal.
Lydia on March 12, 2018:
I'm 33yrs with two kids but my breast looks too old and weak .how can i get a little bit stronger and big
KM on March 05, 2018:
Get naturaful it's on amazon. it is a little pricier but you will only need to use for a few months INSTEAD of surgery to naturally grow your breasts, firm them and lift them. :) Another less effective and more affordable option is Sheamoisture's Mommy Firming lotion
Shaial on January 11, 2018:
My breast are uneven and i want them to get back normal,however I have small breast and I'd like them to get a little bigger because the shrunk during breastfeeding.. What do I do?? Please I need your help
Cath on November 19, 2017:
What if your breast is uneven.. the one is enorged the other looks like its back to normal size.. what should i do?.. please help me :(
Hema on May 28, 2017:
I am 27 yrs I have 3 children and I am feeding my 2 yrs boy and my breast size is 31 and how can I make my breast size large give me a tip
Joy Duncan on May 18, 2017:
What Should I Aply On My Breast To Make It To Be Strong An Fresh.
Mommyof3 on May 06, 2017:
Does this help the "tube sock" look?
Anna levis on December 03, 2016:
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mary m on October 29, 2015:
I had saggy boobs, covered with stretch marks after pregnancy, not necessary to say that I didn't like them. I was sceptical to think a product would work but I used the Somaluxe FIrming Lotion (the large bottle) and I am now-amazed at the result! my boobs appear firmer and the stretch marks are somehow less visible.best to give it a try, it worked for me, hopefully will work for you too, it feels that I have my pre-pregnancy/breastfeeding boobs back!
EmmaMedu (author) on March 13, 2012:
Thank you everyone for your comments and questions.
I went through another pregnancy in the meantime and my breats also went through a change.
So, I can suggest foods that contain vitamin E (all kinds of seeds) or vitamin E supplements. Vitamin E makes the skin looks younger.
Body lotions made especially for breasts area are also good, they should be applied every day if possible. If you are still breastfeeding do this when you stop.
A good bra that keeps your breasts up is also recommended.
all these are small things but combined together can improve the looks of your breasts.
Andiswa on January 23, 2012:
My breast r saggy after 1yr7mnths of brestfeeding.i cant even undress infront of ma man ive tried some creams n nothing helped me.Plz help im desperate
friend on January 23, 2012:
nice article,but if u could tell about any food supplements or any home remedy,that will be great.i hate to exercise,though i don't mind doing my housework.
kamol on January 19, 2012:
my baby is 10th months old ...n my breast are too saggy .. please tell me how can i let it up and beautiful ...
Liz on January 13, 2012:
I am 22 years old and i got a miscarriage a year ago. I use to wear a 36A bra before i got pregnant, i waz pregnant for five months and my breast became very huge. After i got the miscarriage i expected my breast to go back to their normal size. It's been a year and i gained weight a little bit, and i'm wearing a size 38D. I don't know what to do, i need help so dat i my breast could go to their normal size before i got pregnant. WHAT CAN I DO?
bianca on December 22, 2011:
oh gosh, I couldn't have read this at a better time! I stopped feeding 5 months ago and I HATE my boobs. and now summers creeping up and I was devastated when I put my bikini on and my boobs sit horribly :( I'm only 20 so I'm hoping its not forever! I do have some firming cream the hospital gave me when I had my daughter so will give it ago along with your other tips! thank you!
apriljades on November 15, 2011:
i haven't breastfed since the middle of july..i only gained 23 lbs (start-123,end-146) so i lost my weight very quick and then went to 110lbs now..my breast use to be at least a D and now maybe a B or C i'm not even sure honestly but I don't think they're saggy i think it just may be the stretchmarks making them appear that way will cocoa butter help at all, i use to exercise quiet a bit & nothings really has helped tone them from what i see
Ochre from UK on November 08, 2011:
Thanks for this hub. I found it really informative!
Gaudencia C on November 03, 2011:
Thanx for the tips, quite helpful!
mamamucka from New Jersey on October 31, 2011:
Tara on October 23, 2011:
This Hub does make some since but however its highly incorrect. I am 23 years old, was 21 when i got pregnant with my son. I was 123 lbs when i got pregnant and while in labor i was only 146. my bra size was 28DD before. I gained hardly anyweight. Now that i have had my son,and 10 months to get off the weight. I only weigh 103 now, and my bra size stayed at 28G! massive. they are no longer firm. they hang way to low and im very unhappy - i have tried everything and talked to doctors. The only way of fixing the sagging is a reduction/lift -
EmmaMedu (author) on August 01, 2011:
fashion, thank you for your comment.
I hope you will find those info useful :o)
fashion on July 28, 2011:
EmmaMedu (author) on July 16, 2011:
ournote2self, thera are really many things we can do for our breasts and most of them are very simple
EmmaMedu (author) on July 16, 2011:
yummie_ma maybe anti-age lotion or special lifting up cream could help. They will make you skin look nicer oan younger.
ournote2self on July 12, 2011:
Great tips! Who knew there were so many things we could do to firm our breats!?
yummie_ma on July 12, 2011:
very useful information. thank u all. but i have another problem. i was expressing (manually,with my hands) for atleast 9 months, now i hav these marks(blemishes) n wrinkled skin where my fingers used to sit...can anybodt please suggest something coz i tried moisturiser even the breatmilk itself.... :'(
EmmaMedu (author) on April 13, 2011:
Ashi, I hope the different approach will help you have nicer breasts and better looks.
I've been doing some exercises lately, just minor ones and I can see the improvement.
I haven't tried breast enhancing pills, so I really can't say if they help or not...
Ashi on April 10, 2011:
After reading this article I've found hope that my breast would be firm again... It has been 2 years since I stopped breastfeeding my child, believe me I've tried many products but still the same saggy breast.. I'll change the strategy now.. do u think breast enhancing pills work?
Thanx for helping us out:)
EmmaMedu (author) on April 07, 2011:
Yes, that can also be an option. Why not? If natural methods don't bring satisfying results, cosmetic surgery can help.
It all depends on how big the breasts are and if they need minor or major repairs. :o))
Breast Reduction Sydney on April 03, 2011:
A fantastic hub. There's nothing better than natural breasts that do not sag. Another option if all else fails is to have breast reduction surgery. It is not actually that extreme and is becoming more and more common with women suffering from saggy breasts after pregnancy.
EmmaMedu (author) on March 30, 2011:
jaclyn8668, I agree with you, there is nothning like breastfeeding your child. But, when you stop breastfeeding and you start looking at yourself as a woman and not only a mother, why not do something to make that picture better? :o))
jaclyn8668 on March 29, 2011:
breastfeeding is such a wonderful bonding experience with your child it is worth the side effects, but if i can reverse theem with these tips that would be great too!
EmmaMedu (author) on February 28, 2011:
cristina, having a baby, holding it in your arms and breastfeeding it is the most wonderful thing any woman can experience. Everything else it less important.
But, when the baby gets older and you stop breastfeeding, there are lots of things you can do to make your breasts look nice and wonderful again. It all deoends on how much time you spend taking care of your body and how willing you are to look sttractive again, despite having so little time on your disposal and being a mother all the time.
cristina on February 28, 2011:
well i hope it works cause im friking out about how im gonna look after the baby comes i almost don't want the baby anymore because of it it sucks i have nightmares
EmmaMedu (author) on December 13, 2010:
Priyanka ahmed83, thank you for your nice comment. I hope you breasts will look just like you would like them to look when you stop breastfeeding. When you are aware of those thing, than getting your body in shape shouldn't be so hard, right? :o)
Priyanka ahmed83 on December 09, 2010:
Its really an informative hub,I m still breastfeeding my toddler and trying to wean,I was looking for such informations!...I relly had a very attractive pair of tight breasts before pregnancy. I know it will work for me as I m already in shape after two yr breastfeeding....
But its also true that it varies. Every woman has got their own structure, all don't have the same. When a woman gain some weight, some specific parts of her body shows the signs by adding fat their. When I gain weight my face and breast get fat first. that's why I hope after weaning my breast will get tight again. Loose skin is a common reason of saggy breasts. I know many virgin galz having saggy breasts only due to loose skin. So I want to say to the galz out their, having loose skin...u should work out on it. And don't try to loose weight rapidly and if u want to loose weight,should do it very planwise so that the loose skins of ur breasts can get enough time to be tone up.
All the women out their wish u all the best and thank you emma!!!
EmmaMedu (author) on November 14, 2010:
Extra padding can help breasts look bigger when they shrink after breastfeeding.
At least something lol
Dawn Michael from THOUSAND OAKS on November 11, 2010:
Yes I agree with you on building the muscle and wearing a really good bra...lol Not only for support, but the kind that has the extra padding ..lol
EmmaMedu (author) on November 02, 2010:
Niiyke, women are concerned about their breasts all the time and pregnancy and breastfeeding can really make them look not so nice sometimes.
I'm glad that I took care of them, so they didn't go through a major change. Which, unfortunately I can't say for some of my friends.
Niiyke from Lagos, Nigeria on October 29, 2010:
This breast thing is really an issue. thank God mine are back after 3kids. Very interesting article
EmmaMedu (author) on August 12, 2010:
Thank you for reading it and commenting. I hope your future wife will also find it useful.
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on August 12, 2010:
Good information, I'll bookmark this hub and I'll show this to my future wife. Thank you very much.
mimi on July 26, 2010:
I am using the B shape breast firmer, even while breast feeding because my breast are realy looking ugly and very saggy, i don't know if this is right but it has been helping me so far my breast are looking good and firmer
taj on July 04, 2010:
thanks, its such a big help=)
m4mohsin on July 03, 2010:
very informative hub
EmmaMedu (author) on June 30, 2010:
trisha bean, thanks for reading and commenting.
trisha bean from elkton,tn on June 30, 2010:
thanks his hub was helpful
EmmaMedu (author) on June 26, 2010:
I'm glad you stopped by :o)
prettydarkhorse from US on June 25, 2010:
I breastfed and these are all good advices and explanation, Thanks, I rated it up, Maita
jtrader on May 28, 2010:
I have seen exercise help. Lots of good tips here.
EmmaMedu (author) on May 28, 2010:
I mostly used natural oils and bust serums to give my skin better tonus and firmness.
esllr from Charlotte on May 27, 2010:
Nice Hub, I took an all natural supplement for larger breast.
It didn't make me larger but it bought my breast back where they used to be, which was fine for me.
I had 3 children. Saggy breast are no joke. Go to GNC or health food store.
Elle Lewis from South East Asia Maritime Section - Phils on May 26, 2010:
Thanks for sharing useful hub!
EmmaMedu (author) on May 25, 2010:
Thanks cbris52 for stopping by.
I hope this reading is helpful, as I'm also trying to make my breast look more beautiful now that I'm not breastfeeding anymore.
cbris52 on May 25, 2010:
Very interesting hub!