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Monday, 11 September 2017

Does breastfeeding change the shape of the breasts?

Does breastfeeding change the shape of the breasts?

We are all aware that breastfeeding is essential for the benefit of both, mother and the child. Breast milk acts as a source of nutrition for the newborn and is equally advantageous for the mother. Here are 8 ways breastfeeding keeps the mother healthy. However, this does not gratify every step during the journey of motherhood. Many women are anxious and scared when it comes to breastfeeding. New mothers are usually uncertain on how they are supposed to breastfeed their babies and seldom know what to expect. There are various factors that cause a mother to be hesitant while beginning the latching process, insufficient milk supply, pain during breastfeeding to name a few. However, one fear that makes most women to not breastfeed their kids is the change in the form of the breasts. Dr Asmita Mahajan, Neonatologist and Consultant Pediatrics, S.L Raheja Hospital breaks down this phobia for new mothers. Also read about 4 common breastfeeding problems and their solutions.

Does breastfeeding change the shape of breasts?

Pregnancy and breast feeding alter the way a woman’s breasts look; women often fear that by breastfeeding the shape of their breasts will change resulting in sagging. Many draw a conclusion that this will affect their sexual life with their partner and thus try and avoid breastfeeding. Regardless whether a woman breastfeeds or not, the breast is bound to change shape. During pregnancy, as the breasts get fuller, the ligaments stretch as they support the breast; this may contribute to sagging whether you breastfeed your baby or not. Do not let sagging limit you to feed your baby. Here are 10 things you should NEVER do while breastfeeding.

To deal with it, adopt healthy lifestyle habits, eat nutritious food and be active to ensure healthy weight and posture. Secondly, moisturize your breasts in circular motions as it helps in keeping the skin supple and maintains the elasticity.

Remember, nursing can be tiresome and overwhelming at times; however, it ensures the appropriate growth of the child and it cannot be neglected. Once accustomed to, it certainly enhances the mother-child bond and creates a beautiful feeling of belonging forever. Here are 10 breastfeeding myths busted.

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