Celebrities influence on bf

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Celebrities influence on bf
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Thu, 08-28-2003 - 11:53am
I don't know how many of you have seen the latest issue of People magazine but it has an article in there on celebrities who have had plastic surgery. One of them featured, Patricia Heaton said she had breast reduction. Quote: "My breasts were hanging down to HERE from bf'ing those babies, and my nipples were like platters. I wanted to fit into gowns that I finally got to wear."

Now, I know that pregnancy is what changes your breasts, NOT bf'ing. (Am I right bf'ers?) Do you think her statement may change someone's view of bf'ing? Would it encourage a woman not to try because she's afraid of how her breasts will look after?

Jeanie

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Thu, 08-28-2003 - 12:13pm
I think you raise an interesting point. Celebrities influence all kinds of things for good or bad. We've talked about how Rachel on Friends and a couple different doctors/nurses on ER BFed and that is a positive influence. But on the other hand there are celebrities (don't remember who right now) who have elective c/s at 37 weeks so that they don't get as stretched out - and I think that is sending an awful message to people - particularly those who might emulate celebrities.

As for your nipple question, I'm not sure. I guess I noticed while I was pg that my areolas were getting larger, but not more so after delivery (while BFing). Do they reduce the size of the areola during breast reduction too? Yikes! That is something I wouldn't want to have altered personally! I can't imgaine recovering from an incision there if I didn't have to!

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Thu, 08-28-2003 - 12:36pm
I honestly never thought about how breastfeeding might change the appearance of my breasts. My main concern was to provide the best nutrition possible for my baby. I could see this affecting someone who worries about their breasts looking a certain way but not someone who truly understands and wants what is best nutritionally for their child. Imo, the appearance of my breasts should be secondary to what is best for my babies. Although I have to say that my breasts are still beautiful probably more so having nursed my four babies. I have never been so proud of them:)~Lisa
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Thu, 08-28-2003 - 12:55pm
"Although I have to say that my breasts are still beautiful probably more so having nursed my four babies. I have never been so proud of them:)"

You go girl! I wish more women had such a positive view of their bodies. I have often wondered if our (western) problem with twisted self body image hinders breastfeeding success. It seems that if we felt that our bodies were beautiful and had a special purpose that more women would breastfeed and breastfeeding would be more successful.

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Thu, 08-28-2003 - 1:17pm
<<"I could see this affecting someone who worries about their breasts looking a certain way but not someone who truly understands and wants what is best nutritionally for their child.">>

Why can't a woman who is concerned about how her breasts look *also* understand and want what is best nutritionally for her child? I have two cousins who BF their children (4 kids in total), and both now lament that their breasts are saggy and don't look as good in clothing (or out of it ;o)). They both have talked about wanting to get a little surgical "lift" somewhere down the road. But just because they want their breasts to look a certain way doesn't mean that they don't understand what the role of those breasts are in terms of nursing. They have nursed their children, that chapter of their life is now over, and they want to make a change that will make them happier with their bodies. Do you believe there is something wrong with a woman who wants her breasts to look more youthful? I don't think it has to mean that they don't understand their own biology. The two just don't seem mutually exclusive to me.

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Thu, 08-28-2003 - 1:26pm
I was speaking specifically about it effecting one's choice to breastfeed in the first place since the question was about celebrity influence. Basically what I mean is that if a woman puts the appearance of her breasts as very important, she may choose not to breastfeed because doing so may forever alter their appearance.I don't find anything wrong with a woman altering the appearance of her body through surgery, but I do find it sad(barring anything disfiguring.) Our society has allowed for woman to believe a distorted truth about how their bodies should look and about what is beautiful.Jmo,Lisa
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Thu, 08-28-2003 - 1:29pm
I agree. Our society only seems able to view the breast as an object to be adored by men but only if they are perfectly round, symetrical and perky;)~Lisa
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Thu, 08-28-2003 - 2:07pm
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I've have also heard that it is pregnancy, not BF, that causes breasts to sag. So, yes, I believe she is giving misinformation. Plus, this woman is how old? Late 30's early 40's. Gravity has alot to do with it too-the sagging not the nipples.

I can't really say for sure who that woman is-I know some kind of TV personality. Her statement could have an impact on someone who doesn't know the facts but I don't think it would be a major one.

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Thu, 08-28-2003 - 4:16pm
Certainly not! She DID bf her babies... even with the results she knew what was best!
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Thu, 08-28-2003 - 4:44pm
Yes, she did do what was best-my point was do you think her statement will influence a woman's decision to bf or not.

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Thu, 08-28-2003 - 5:16pm
In this day and age.....not much, if any influence. 30-40years ago...absolutely. Don't you think?


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