Breastfeeding Does Not Ruin Breasts
Los Angeles Chronicle
(2008-04-12); O'Brien, Robin
Breastfeeding activist Robin O'Brien says one reason why some women do not breastfeed their children or stop it early is because they believe it will make their breasts droop and hurt their appearance. She claims a recent study reveals that other factors, and not breastfeeding, cause breasts to sag.
Between 1998 and 2006, University of Kentucky plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Rinker spoke with 132 women interested in breast surgery. The typical age of the females was 39, and 93 percent had undergone one or more pregnancies. The study stated that 58 percent had breastfed one or more of their children and that the typical length of nursing was nine months. While the study did not find any difference between the breast appearances of women who did or did not breastfeed, it did determine that other behaviors, such as smoking and several pregnancies, were more probable causes of sagging. O'Brien writes that breastfeeding benefits the health of both children and mothers. Most importantly, she says, the bonding between mother and children during breastfeeding is its largest benefit.