Breastfeeding Does Not Cause Sagging Breasts in Augmentation Patients, ASPS Study Finds
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
September 10, 2013
Women are often concerned about the effect breastfeeding could have on the appearance of their breasts, especially after they have invested in breast augmentation. But a new study at the 2013 annual scientific meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) found that breastfeeding does not worsen or cause breasts to sag in women with breast implants.
"Breast sagging, often experienced after childbirth, results from changes brought about by the pregnancy itself, not breastfeeding," said Norma Cruz, M.D., ASPS member surgeon and study author. "Breastfeeding does not appear to further cause breasts to sag in women who've had breast augmentation."
The study evaluated the changes in breast measurements resulting from pregnancy in women who had breast augmentation and breastfed (57 patients) and those who did not breastfeed (62 patients). Measurements were taken before pregnancy and 1 year after pregnancy or 1 year after completing breastfeeding.
Changes in breast measurements and the degree of sagging were not significantly different in breast augmentation patients who breastfed and those who did not. Overall, breast measurements and the severity of sagging did increase in patients, but were attributed to changes that occurred due to pregnancy only.
"A similar study in women without breast implants found that breastfeeding was not a significant risk factor for breast sagging," said Dr. Cruz. "Since breastfeeding improves both a mother and child's overall health, patient education on this issue is of importance."
According to WomensHealth.gov, breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of type two diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and post-partum depression in women. In newborns, breastfeeding helps build their immune systems, fight diseases and build a stronger connection between mother and child.