I am a bit relieved to find that nursing for over four years combined total (and still going strong…) is not the culprit for my saggy breasts. It turns out that it was having the kids in the first place! I also discovered that my personally coined term, Saggy Breast Syndrome (or just Saggies, for short) is actually called “breast ptosis”. I stand corrected.
A new study done by plastic surgeons at the University of Kentucky and presented this week to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found no difference in sag between women who breastfed their babies and women who did not. This is good news for us breastfeeding advocates, since it is a common misperception among new mothers that nursing their babies will cause Saggy Breast Syndrome. The researchers did find that as the number of pregnancies increased, so did the degree of sagginess.
Moral of the story: Don’t have children if you want to keep your perky breasts. And flat tummy. Or hair freshly coiffed, clothes free of spitup, and house neat and tidy.