3 Common Breastfeeding Problems Unfolded

November 12, 2012

3 Common Breastfeeding Problems Unfolded

The bond that you will form with your newborn baby while breastfeeding will definitely be a wonderful and unexplainable one. However, although breast milk will be great for your child’s growth, in general, it only makes sense if you are still worried about the breast problems that you might encounter after breastfeeding. Well, here are the 3 most common breastfeeding myths revealed!

Problem Number One: Breastfeeding Causes Flat or Saggy Breasts.

There is a term that is used to describe how the breasts shrink back to their smaller pre-pregnancy sizes after breastfeeding: postpartum breast involution. Now, the truth is that, while nursing, your milk flow can make the tissue and skin of your breasts stretch to some degree and this could leave you with breasts that look stretched out or empty in the end. However, this is more of a cosmetic problem as opposed to a medical problem. What most new mothers worry about is that their breasts will sag after nursing. Well, studies show that breastfeeding isn’t actually to blame for this. In fact, there are many other factors that might be responsible to your breasts’ overall appearance after nursing, such as the following:

- your smoking history

- having big breasts before pregnancy

- your body mass index

- your age

Problem Number Two: Breastfeeding Can Change Breast Shapes Altogether.

In general, each is independent after breastfeeding. In other words, whatever happens to your left breast while nursing might not happen to your right breast. Breast engorgement, for example, is quite common while nursing and usually happens because the breast’s blood vessels get congested during the act. This might leave one or both breasts a little misshapen afterwards. However, this is also more of a cosmetic problem as opposed to a medical problem.

Conversely, any puckering or dimpling on your breast might signify a breast lump and should therefore be shown to your doctor at your next checkup.

Problem Number Three: Breastfeeding Results in Uneven or Asymmetric Breasts.

Breast tissue tends to extend all the way to your armpits. So, whenever this tissue fills up with milk and shrinks after nursing, your breasts’ shape might change. A lot of women already have uneven breasts even before getting pregnant, while others only get them after breastfeeding. Some women even experience having one breast go back to its original size after nursing while the other one stays big, flattens out, or sags.

Some women also end up having one breast that is a whole cup bigger or smaller than the other one after breastfeeding. All you really have to do in these cases is learn to accept these new changes to your body and keep giving your baby the nourishment he deserves, regardless of what your breasts might look like afterwards.

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