Last updated on Jun 11th, 2021 at 12:58 pm
Women with breast implants shouldn’t worry about sagging caused by breastfeeding, a 2013 study found.
Women, especially those who have invested in breast augmentation, are often worried about changes in their breasts due to breastfeeding, the researchers said. But a study of 119 women with breast implants suggests no cause for additional concern.
Breast sagging caused by pregnancy not breastfeeding
“Breast sagging, often experienced after childbirth, results from changes brought about by the pregnancy itself, not breastfeeding,” said study author Dr. Norma Cruz, a professor of plastic surgery at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in San Juan, in a press release. “Breastfeeding does not appear to further cause breasts to sag in women who’ve had breast augmentation,” she said.
The research evaluated the changes in breast measurements resulting from pregnancy in 57 women who had breast augmentation and breastfed and those among 62 women with breast implants who did not breastfeed.
Degree of sagging not significantly different
Measurements were taken both before pregnancy and one year after pregnancy or after completing breastfeeding. Findings showed that changes in breast measurements and the degree of sagging weren’t significantly different among women who breastfed and those who didn’t.
Although breast measurements and sagging did increase among the women, Cruz said that this was because of changes related to pregnancy, not nursing.
Breastfeeding doesn’t equal breast sagging
“A similar study in women without breast implants found that breastfeeding was not a significant risk factor for breast sagging,” she added. “Since breastfeeding improves both a mother and child’s overall health, patient education on this issue is of importance.”