About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Study Finds That Breastfeeding Does Not Make Breasts Sag

by Medindia Content Team on November 2, 2007 at 4:38 PM
Font : A-A+

Study Finds That Breastfeeding Does Not Make Breasts Sag

Researchers at the University of Kentucky have dispelled the myth that breastfeeding makes breasts sag, for a new study has found that nursing a baby does not adversely affect breast shape.

The study conducted by Dr. Brian Rinker, University of Kentucky plastic surgeon and his colleagues interviewed 132 women who had come for a breast lift or augmentation between 1998 and 2006 at various clinics.

Advertisement

On an average, the women were 39 years old, of which 93 percent had at least one pregnancy, and most of the mothers, 58 percent, had breastfed at least one child.

Additionally, the research team evaluated the patients' medical history, body mass index, pre-pregnancy bra cup size, and smoking status.

"A lot of times, if a woman comes in for a breast lift or a breast augmentation, she'll say 'I want to fix what breastfeeding did to my breasts'," Rinker said.
Advertisement

The analysis of the study showed no difference in the degree of breast ptosis (TOE-sis, the medical term for sagging of the breast, for those women who breastfed and those who didn't.

However, researchers found that several other factors did affect breast sagging, which included age, the number of pregnancies, and whether the patient smoked or not.

"Smoking breaks down a protein in the skin called elastin, which gives youthful skin its elastic appearance and supports the breast... so it would make sense that it would have an adverse effect on the breasts," Rinker said.

Source: ANI
SRM/M
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Is COVID-19 Vaccination during Pregnancy Safe?
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Importance of Breastfeeding Breasts - Structures and Types Breast Lumps Breast Lumps-Screening Nutrient Needs in Lactation Breast Enhancement Oil Switching Baby from Bottle to Cup How and When to Stop Breastfeeding 

Recommended Reading
Importance of BreastFeeding
From antibodies, to the exclusive nutrients, the benefits of breastfeeding are incalculable....
Breast Feeding
Encyclopedia section of medindia explains in brief about the directions of breast feeding...
Breast Feeding - The Flow - Animation
Interactive section of Medindia explains how the Breast Milk starts to flow...
Breast Enhancement Oil
Breasts contain mammary glands which produce and secrete milk for feeding and nourishing babies. Tho...
Breast Lumps
Most breast lumps are caused by hormonal changes in a woman and may not be cancerous. Common causes ...
Breast Lumps-Screening
Breast lumps must never be neglected but instead be subjected to medical examination to rule out ......
Breasts - Structures and Types
Different stages of breast development in women and an in-depth look at the breast/bust and its ......
How and When to Stop Breastfeeding
If you want to stop breastfeeding, then here is your guide to doing it the right way. Find the answe...
Nutrient Needs in Lactation
Inadequacies in a lactating motherís diet influences both the quantity and quality of milk secreted,...
Switching Baby from Bottle to Cup
Find tips on how to switch toddler from bottles and sippy cups to adult cups and say bye-bye to bott...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use