OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson outlines ways a woman can prevent her breasts from sagging from pregnancy or breastfeeding.
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Connection Between Breasts Sagging and Breastfeeding Brook: I breast feed my daughter, and I'm wondering if there's anything that I can do now to prevent the sagging after I stop breast feeding? Female: That’s the concern of mommies, doctors, Lisa? Can you help us out? Dr. Lisa Masterson: So many women are just as fearful as their breast sagging, because pregnancy, and they think actually breastfeeding. But we’re going to dispel that myths today. Breast sagging is not because of breast feeding, it happen during pregnancy and for a lot of other reasons. But as we look at the breast, there are ligaments that are sort of the natural bra inside the breast, they're called coopers ligaments that actually hold all the tissue together. What happens is these hormones that help the ligaments to stay strong, they actually weaken the inner bra that the women have. So then the breast couldn’t sag. And this can be really discouraging to women, the they feel old. And they don’t feel attractive. So you want to prevent it, because I mean if you prevent it, that’s the best things. Again, it's age, there are hormones go down that helps those ligaments stay strong. Dr. Travis Stork: I’m assuming this is not your – to say smoking is good for your breast sag/ Dr. Lisa Masterson: Smoking is really bad for your breast, so you want to stop that for if anything, besides your health in general, to prevent breast sagging because it actually decreases the strength of those ligaments, so do you want to stop that. And you want to make sure you have a supporter bra, whether it's a sports bra, that something that fits right, a bra that really fits right is so important getting that right fitting. Dr. Travis Stork: So when you're running as a woman, if your breast are— Dr. Lisa Masterson: Jumping up and down. Dr. Drew Ordon: That’s one of the issues, a large breasted woman is more likely just from the sheer weight of stretching out those coopers ligament. She really has to support, even it means wearing two bras. Dr. Lisa Masterson: In maintaining a healthy way, because also just big weight gain and weight loses are going to make the breast sag, as well. So keeping your weight, maintaining a nice healthy weight, not doing a lot of yo-yo diet is going to help. If all else fail, there is surgical restoration, I call it, which is can actually be beneficial and healthy. Dr. Travis Stork: Well, thank you Brook. If you have a mommy question for us, check out our motherhood survival club online community on the doctrostv.com. It's a great place for moms can connect, share tips.