Breastfeeding is beautiful and healthy, but I’m not gonna lie to you. It does change your breasts. How much it changes them depends on how well you take care of them.
There’s no doubt that breastfeeding is rough on your boobs. They are in a constant state of flux.
During Pregnancy they swell, then after they become engorged and by the time things start to stabilize you have a baby that likes to pull, pinch and tug.
There’s no doubt they’ll be different. But you can minimize the damage. You must keep in mind, though, that every woman is different and there’s no real way to predict how things will turn out. You just need to do what you can to take care of them and hope for the best.
Here are the tops 7 ways that really seem to make a difference for most women:
Wear A Supportive Bra
Of course, you know this… but it’s never been more important than right now. I would even suggest wearing a bra at night to help support the ligaments in your breasts. They are already being stretched and pulled with the extra weight of the breast and this happens while you sleep and move around too. Support them at ALL times. This is good advice so be sure to take it if you want to minimize sagging as much as possible.
Exercise and Minimize Unnecessary Weight Gain
Gaining weight during pregnancy is vital for your baby’s health but gaining excess weight will only make your breast problems worse in the end. Ideally, you should be following a program while pregnant.
You can also specifically strengthen the muscles in and around the breast by doing certain exercises.
Feed On Demand
It’s important that you feed your baby on demand. This will help prevent continual engorgement. The constant change of size can really put a lot of pressure on the breast ligaments. If you feed your baby often and when needed it will minimize this issue.
Keep Them Moisturized
Your breast skin needs moisture and nutrients just like the rest of your skin. Especially during this stressful time. Using a good vitamin E oil and Shea Butter on top is a great way to take care of this delicate tissue.
Use A Very Supportive Breastfeeding Pillow
It’s important that you have really good support while breastfeeding. If you don’t you’ll hunch over and struggle to support your child and this creates a lot of pull on the breast tissue. Your back will also hurt!
Slow Weaning Will Allow for Slower Involution. Involution is when your breast returns back to their previous state before lactation. Weaning Slowly will give your breasts time to firm up as they change so the results from breastfeeding won’t seem so dramatic and shocking. It will also help prevent clogged milk ducts and mastitis.
Eating right all along the way will help keep your whole body healthy and strong, Your skin subtle and tight and it will minimize extra weight gain. If you want to look your best and keep your breasts full and tight you need the best nutrients possible. Eat plenty of healthy fats, veggies, and fruits. Eating healthy will go a long way in helping you maintain your body’s youthfulness and health. This should always be a top priority.
If you do all these things then you will definitely minimize your breast sagging after you and your babe are done breastfeeding. I cannot promise perfection. No one can, and results will vary but there’s no doubt that this advice does help.
Best of luck to you mama with your babe and your endeavors