breast form in later life

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breast form in later life
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Sun, 05-18-2003 - 10:59pm
Do you think that nursing has any effect on the changes in the form of the breasts later in life? Ie saggy breasts, smaller breasts, bigger breasts, etc.?

Fio.

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Mon, 05-19-2003 - 12:35am
I doubt it...I ff (except for 4 days) and I can't remember when I last had perky ones! I am a 40 DD (38 D when I am not overweight) and mine are already starting to sag because of the sheer weight of them! LOL!

Seriously though, I really don't think bf has that much of an impact, if at all. I think the general aging process contributes more to changes in breast shape.

JMO

Judi


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Mon, 05-19-2003 - 1:27am
Sagging is related to pregnancy, not bf.

http://mother-2-mother.com/normal.htm#BreastChanges

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Mon, 05-19-2003 - 8:32am
I think it's pregnancy and your own genetics that change breasts, not nursing.

~Kim

"Becoming a parent means agreeing to allow your heart to go walking around outside of your body."

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Mon, 05-19-2003 - 5:42pm
I was told by a woman that the reason she didn't bf'ed was because she didn't want the saggy breasts her mother had. She was in her 60's, so I don't believe she knew that bf'ing had any benefits.

I think gravity gets us all eventually.

Sherry

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Mon, 05-19-2003 - 7:44pm
I agree with all of the above, but I have to say, I'm SURE my nipples are a bit stretched out after 36 months of nursing...they really are longer, and they haven't shortened back up after 2 years...not bad, just different. (and given the big hicky my 10 day old ds put on dh's cheek once when they were napping together, I KNOW there's an awful lot of suction going on!)

Julie

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Mon, 05-19-2003 - 9:50pm
ROTFLMAO!

Fio.

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Mon, 05-19-2003 - 9:57pm
Thanks for the interesting posts everyone. I was interested to see people's beliefs. I'd always heard that it was pgcy, genetics and ageing that took their toll far more than bfing, but I was really interested to see some "proof" for myself. This past weekend, I was volunteering at the bf display at a local maternity and paternity exposition and we had several games for people to try. One was "guess which milks are human milks, and guess which are not" (there were 4 human milks, from different moms, differently aged babies, and 2 infant formulas and a jar of cow milk). People guessed by looking and sometimes smelling.

Another interesting game was guess who breastfed the longest. There is a popular trend here which is getting one's belly cast while pregnant (well, belly and breasts...that kind of "fertile" icon, so to speak, LOL). Well, 5 people had their breasts cast for this game. One was a 40 yr old mom of 4 kids, bf a total of 10 years, and had a breast reduction many years ago. One is a 34 yr old mom of a still nursing 16 mos old. One is a 39 yr old mom of 3, who bf a total of 3 days. One is a 28 yr old woman with no kids, no bfing experience. The last is a 52-yo mom of 4 who bf a total of 2 yrs.

I was interested to see that the first (40 yr old) and the 3rd (39 yr old mom of 3 who bfed 3 days) had the most similarily shaped and sized breasts. The tiniest belonged to the mom of the 16 mos old. The saggiest belonged to the woman who had never had children yet and was the youngest!

So it was kind of re-inforcing that it's mainly genetics and perhaps some ageing and pgcy (though obviously not in the case of the 28 yr old non-mom) that makes these changes.

Fio.