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Nicole Richie is apparently over her breastfeeding high, with Us Weekly magazine reporting that she recently had breast implants to perk up her post-baby "girls."
Okay, so a celebrity getting a boob job is hardly major news, but her reported breastfeeding blame game caught our attention. A source quoted in the article claims that Richie told friends that nursing "killed what boobs she did have." While many moms can attest that your body does change after baby, does breastfeeding itself have a direct effect on your chest?
Robert Wilcox, MD, a board certified plastic surgeon, and founder and medical director of Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Center of Texas says it can. “Every woman is different but most commonly, women complain that the skin has stretched making the breasts less perky, and most often smaller in size [as compared to when they were nursing], though there are always exceptions,” he says. Dr. Wilcox adds that the changes are more likely to be noticeable in larger breasted women, and more dramatic for those who breastfeed for a longer period of time.
I'm in the ridiculously lucky ‘bigger boobs after babies’ club -- a full two cup sizes bigger, in fact. (Don't hate me!) But most moms we talked to reported overall post-babe droopiness. Here's what they had to say:
"’The girls’ have changed dramatically after breastfeeding -- they are still large, but very droopy with no perk left in them. But it's nothing a good bra can't handle right now.” -- Katie, mom of one, who breastfed for 4 months
"I used to have seriously great breasts -- now, not so much. I wouldn't change it, but I would definitely consider getting a lift in a couple years!" -- Liz, mom of two, who breastfed each kid for over a year
“Pregnancy and the initial engorgement changed my breasts. The act of breastfeeding did not.” -- Elissa, mom of three, who’s two years into breastfeeding her twins
“Mine went from C to D after nursing for 9 months, even after losing all the pregnancy weight.” -- Carole, mom of one
“Breastfeeding actually improved my breasts. They were always pretty tiny, but after nursing were fuller and perkier.” -- Mary, mom of two, who breastfed a total of over three years