Breast sagging not from breastfeeding

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.

Comment on this page »


Latest news

Chelsea and Westminster named the best place to work in the NHS for 2015

Nuffield Health opens doors of new Cambridge Hospital

Nuffield Health plans to open state-of-the-art diagnostic suite

Breast sagging not from breastfeeding
Connect with us on:

This site compiles with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information