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Why do breasts sag following pregnancy?

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Once the baby is weaned and the mom stops nursing, it is normal for her breasts to shrink and appear as if they have been deflated. This may sometimes become a cause of concern for the new dad.
These are reasons why breasts seem to sag following weaning:

  • Hormonal changes because of pregnancy bring about an increase in the glandular tissues and the amount of fat in the breasts. The breasts therefore grow in size and become engorged. The tightening of the skin as it stretches to accommodate this increase may cause the breasts to appear especially voluptuous during this phase. They continue to remain enlarged during breastfeeding.

  • Once lactation stops, the tissues automatically reduce in size.

  • As a result, the stretched skin now becomes loose, causing it to appear as if it has sagged.


Also read: The straight story—will my wife get her breasts back after the baby?

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By Andrea,   From Eastern PA
I concur with Dadupnorth. Not only were you projecting your own view on this article, but the only offensive comments are your own.
And just so you know, I'm a woman..
If a man is on this site, I think it shows initiative in trying to understand his partner, the changes in their lives, and his role therein.
This is an honest question. I fell it was asked and answered in a respectful and straightforward manner..

And fellas, I ask my husband similar questions about men's bodies all the time. How are you supposed to find things out if you can't ask?

By Dadupnorth,   From Up North
Wow Jean. An honest question, met by hostility does not engender cross-gender understanding. This is a legitimate question. Men ARE visual creatures. Note the question didn't say the breasts were unattractive. Just asked why they were different. The assumption of unattractiveness was yours.

Now - I've got four kids. My wife's body has changed. I love it. She hasn't retained the 'girlish' figure, but now has a definite woman's body. And she is lovely. Yes there are sagging bits here and there, but I have them, too. It's a fact of life. We did this together, this is what we got, and together, it is that much more beautiful.

So Jean, a little less hostility please. Legitimate questions deserve legitimate answers, without anger.

Dads and soon-to-be Dads deserve answers, and this site provides them. Genuine questions and answers help us understand. And help us to be great husbands.

Shooting the messenger for asking something he needs to understand? No disrespect is meant when a question is asked. And frankly, we ARE going to be concerned. We don't know what's happening! The fastest way to drive a man away is to tell him he is cruel, superficial, disrespectful and childish.

Fathers need to know what happens. This provides a nonjudgmental forum for answers. Get over yourself.


By Jean,   From Peach
Why are men always concerned about whether his wife or girlfriend will retain her girlish boobs or waistline or hips? Wow, men are so cruel and so superficial. Why would you all on this site even entertain concerns like that. This is a blow and disrespect to all women, and the women who read these blogs just go quietly along with it.

By Jean,   From Peach
To those superficial men who are wondering if their wives will get her breasts back, you are questioning the way women are designed. Don't do that. Your wife doesn't question whether your penis will stop being tiny or if it will get as erect as it used too when you were 21.

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