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What should you know about breast problems after breastfeeding?

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The wonderful bond you create with your baby when you breastfeed is like no other. And experts agree that breast milk is ideal for your infant. But even though you want to give your baby the best start you can, you can't help but be concerned. What will nursing do to your breasts? Think of their size and shape, for example. Throughout your life -- and especially during pregnancy and breastfeeding -- the size and shape of your breasts can change. Breast size is determined by how much fatty tissue there is. Making milk creates denser tissue in your breasts. After breastfeeding, both the fatty tissue and connective tissue in your breasts may shift. Your breasts may or may not return to their pre-breastfeeding size or shape. Some women's breasts stay large, and others shrink. But sagging or staying full can be as much a result of genetics, weight gain during pregnancy, and age as a result of breastfeeding.

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Detecting and Treating Breast Problems."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Breastfeeding Your Baby."

Martin, C. Fireside Books, 2002. The Nursing Mother's Problem Solver,

National Library of Medicine: "Breast Feeding."

National Library of Medicine: "Overcoming Breastfeeding Problems."

National Library of Medicine: "Cosmetic Breast Surgery."

La Leche League International: "Can breastfeeding mothers get mammograms?"

News release, American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Breastfeeding Does Not Create Sagging Breasts; Study Throws Out Old Wives Tale" (October 28, 2007).

The National Women's Health Information Center: "Questions and Answers about Breastfeeding."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 08, 2017

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Detecting and Treating Breast Problems."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Breastfeeding Your Baby."

Martin, C. Fireside Books, 2002. The Nursing Mother's Problem Solver,

National Library of Medicine: "Breast Feeding."

National Library of Medicine: "Overcoming Breastfeeding Problems."

National Library of Medicine: "Cosmetic Breast Surgery."

La Leche League International: "Can breastfeeding mothers get mammograms?"

News release, American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Breastfeeding Does Not Create Sagging Breasts; Study Throws Out Old Wives Tale" (October 28, 2007).

The National Women's Health Information Center: "Questions and Answers about Breastfeeding."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 08, 2017

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