If you plan to refrain from breastfeeding in order to preserve the perkiness of your breasts, you may want to reconsider. Aside from the fact that breast milk is incomparably beneficial for babies, a University of Kentucky study concluded that breastfeeding is not what causes breasts to sag.
The school’s plastic surgery division analyzed 93 women (averaging 39 years old) who had come to the clinic for breast implants, breast lifts or both. Almost half had breastfed at least one child for an average of nine months; the other half, not at all.
Viewing pre-procedure photos, researchers assigned the participants a number on a ptosis scale: 0, meaning no sagging, up to 3, meaning the nipples were pointing straight down. In tune with the assertions of many lactation specialists and physicians, the results showed no significant difference in sagging between the two groups.
Researchers believe other factors are to blame for breast sagging, including age, obesity and, more than anything else, pregnancy itself. Because breasts get bigger during pregnancy, if they don’t return to their previous size and shape, that disparity is likely to play the biggest role in sagging.
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