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How to Have Attractive Breasts After Breastfeeding

Updated on February 5, 2015

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:

  • exercise
  • creams
  • 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
  • Repeat.

Push Up

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.
  • Repeat.

Chest Press

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.
  • Repeat.

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.

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    • cbris52 profile image

      cbris52 7 years ago

      Very interesting hub!

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      EmmaMedu 7 years ago

      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.

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      Elle Lewis 7 years ago from South East Asia Maritime Section - Phils

      Thanks for sharing useful hub!

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      esllr 7 years ago

      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.

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      EmmaMedu 6 years ago

      I mostly used natural oils and bust serums to give my skin better tonus and firmness.

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      jtrader 6 years ago

      I have seen exercise help. Lots of good tips here.

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      prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

      I breastfed and these are all good advices and explanation, Thanks, I rated it up, Maita

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      EmmaMedu 6 years ago

      Thanks prettydarkhorse!

      I'm glad you stopped by :o)

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      trisha bean 6 years ago from elkton,tn

      thanks his hub was helpful

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      EmmaMedu 6 years ago

      trisha bean, thanks for reading and commenting.

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      m4mohsin 6 years ago

      very informative hub

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      taj 6 years ago

      thanks, its such a big help=)

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      mimi 6 years ago

      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

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Good information, I'll bookmark this hub and I'll show this to my future wife. Thank you very much.

      Prasetio

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      EmmaMedu 6 years ago

      Thank you for reading it and commenting. I hope your future wife will also find it useful.

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      Niiyke 6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      This breast thing is really an issue. thank God mine are back after 3kids. Very interesting article

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      EmmaMedu 6 years ago

      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.

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      Dawn Michael 6 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

      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

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      EmmaMedu 6 years ago

      Extra padding can help breasts look bigger when they shrink after breastfeeding.

      At least something lol

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      Priyanka ahmed83 6 years ago

      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!!!

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      EmmaMedu 6 years ago

      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)

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      cristina 6 years ago

      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 profile image
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      EmmaMedu 6 years ago

      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.

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      jaclyn8668 6 years ago

      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!

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      EmmaMedu 6 years ago

      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))

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      Breast Reduction Sydney 6 years ago

      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.

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      EmmaMedu 6 years ago

      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))

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      Ashi 6 years ago

      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:)

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      EmmaMedu 6 years ago

      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...

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      yummie_ma 5 years ago

      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.... :'(

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      ournote2self 5 years ago

      Great tips! Who knew there were so many things we could do to firm our breats!?

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      EmmaMedu 5 years ago

      yummie_ma maybe anti-age lotion or special lifting up cream could help. They will make you skin look nicer oan younger.

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      EmmaMedu 5 years ago

      ournote2self, thera are really many things we can do for our breasts and most of them are very simple

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      fashion 5 years ago

      Great hub.

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      EmmaMedu 5 years ago

      fashion, thank you for your comment.

      I hope you will find those info useful :o)

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      Tara 5 years ago

      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 -

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      mamamucka 5 years ago from New Jersey

      thanks

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      Gaudencia C 5 years ago

      Thanx for the tips, quite helpful!

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      Ochre 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks for this hub. I found it really informative!

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      apriljades 5 years ago

      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

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      bianca 5 years ago

      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!

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      Liz 5 years ago

      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?

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      kamol 5 years ago

      my baby is 10th months old ...n my breast are too saggy .. please tell me how can i let it up and beautiful ...

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      friend 5 years ago

      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.

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      Andiswa 5 years ago

      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

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      EmmaMedu 5 years ago

      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.

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      Anna levis 5 months ago

      Thank you for sharing such a great information. I really appreciate for these right concept which your try to deliver through this amazing article. I am also going from the same situation but almost after several months and i try lot of things to control my sagging breast i go for the breast augmentation surgery as i look unattractive having sagging breasts but having a surgery from (http://www.beautifulbreastsoc.com/) now my breast has a perfect shape but still i do massage to maintain my shape.

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      Mommyof3 2 weeks ago

      Does this help the "tube sock" look?

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