One of the most common concerns of breast implant patients is the drooping or bottomed-out appearance, which according to popular belief, is primarily caused by breastfeeding.
But such concern has no bearing as suggested by one study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. According to its finding, all the “potential physical changes” of the breasts are solely determined by pregnancy.
The study titled “The Effect of Breastfeeding on Breast Ptosis Following Augmentation Mammaplasty” involved women with implants who breastfed (57) and those who did not (62); the vertical measurement of their breast was measured before getting pregnant and a year after pregnancy or after weaning their babies.
The researchers found out that all patients had experienced a certain degree of breast changes, although not everyone had developed a serious case of drooping appearance. Overall, there was no difference between those who breastfed and those who did not.
Simply put, with or without breastfeeding the breasts will likely change to a certain degree after childbirth. This finding both applies to the natural breasts and augmented breasts.
With this finding, the researchers are hoping to encourage all women, whether they have breast implants or not, to breastfeed their babies since it provides countless of benefits including lower risk of childhood obesity, higher metabolic rate for mothers (helping them to shed the dreaded “baby fat”), and better resistant to diseases and infection for children compared to those who were given formula milk.
If one really wants to rule out pregnancy-induced sagging, the best advice is to postpone breast augmentation surgery until she is done having children.
However, pregnant women with augmented or natural breasts can still take proactive steps to at least limit the effects of pregnancy, if not avoid the saggy appearance. Fortunately, such goal is easy as long as they are equipped with the right kind of information.
Maintaining a normal weight throughout pregnancy is arguably the most important step to limit its detrimental effects on the breast appearance. Meanwhile, the “ideal” weight gain depends on a woman’s weight prior to her conception and also her height.
In general, women whose weight is at “healthy” or normal range (between BMI of 18.5 and 24.9 as suggested by experts) should only gain 25 and 35 pounds during the first trimester and then 1 pound every week throughout the pregnancy.
And because breast enlargement in preparation for milk production is a common occurrence, pregnant women should make sure to buy a new set of larger bras that provide additional support—they usually come with wider straps and better-fitting band.