Q+A: Will Nursing Make My Breasts Sag?

Learn the truth behind this common breastfeeding belief.
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Q. Will nursing make my breasts sag?

A. Not according to Brian Rinker, MD, assistant professor of plastic surgery at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, in Lexington. He heard so many patients blame sagging breasts on breastfeeding that, to see if there really is a connection, he surveyed 132 moms who had sought him out for breast lifts or augmentation. Turns out that age, smoking, being overweight pre-pregnancy, and large breast size, not to mention pregnancy itself (which increases breast size), are all associated with a greater likelihood of sagging. But, surprisingly, breastfeeding is not. "The bottom line is that breastfeeding doesn't have an impact," Dr. Rinker says.

Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the April 2008 issue of American Baby magazine.

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