Breastfeeding does not contribute to breast sagging, it has been revealed.
A survey of 132 women who travelled to the UK to have a breast lift or augmentation between 1998 and 2006 found that there was no difference in the incidence of breast ptosis - the medical term for the sagging of the breast - in those women who breastfed and those who didn't.
According to Dr Brian Rinker, a plastic surgeon at the University of Kentucky, this finding is contrary to the beliefs of many of the women who seek cosmetic surgery.
"A lot of times, if a woman comes in for a breast lift or a breast augmentation, she'll say 'I want to fix what breastfeeding did to my breasts'," Dr Rinker said.
However, the study suggests that breast ptosis can in fact be attributed to age, the number of times a woman has been pregnant and whether the patient smoked.
"Smoking breaks down a protein in the skin called elastin, which gives youthful skin its elastic appearance and supports the breast... so it would make sense that it would have an adverse effect on the breasts," Dr Rinker explained.