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Breast Augmentation After Breastfeeding
As women, we’ve gotta love our breasts post-pregnancy! You know what I’m talking about ladies, those great big, voluptuous, and firm baby-feeding devices that have our men all googly-eyed at the sight of the shirt coming off. They’re perky and quite nice, aren’t they?
Fast forward. Weaning. You dry up and they shrink. As a matter of fact, they lose two to three sizes and seemingly become inverted! Where did they go? It’s just not fair! Then the depression sets in. I want them back!
It’s no secret that the very reason why women have breasts is not for the sake of male pleasure, rather for the suckling and nourishing of our offspring. We go from flat to look at that in just a few days after having our babies. Why? Because the colostrum is replaced with breastmilk.
Because breastmilk is not as heavy as colostrum, babies need more of it, much more to feel satiated, but not immediately, of course. This is why breasts become enlarged and sometimes engorged; they are being stretched in ways that they have not stretched before!
During the breastfeeding relationship, your milk supply eventually evens itself out and your breasts learn to produce only what is needed by the nursling, and will increase only as the baby nurses more often or for longer stretches as this is how they communicate with their food supply to tell them they need more! If your supply is not in the process of being increased by your baby, then it’s likely that your breasts will start to become less firm. This is totally normal and expected.
Once weaned, your body no longer has a reason to produce breast milk; after all, there’s no longer a baby suckling. So what happens? Your milk ducts shut down production, your breasts dry up, and begin to look like, well… flat tires.
Although some of us tend to accept this fact, many moms are faced with a feeling of depression and miss their nursing breasts! But what can you do? Having another baby right away is not always an option, at least it shouldn’t be the reason you decide to have another baby.
Breast Augmentation After Breastfeeding
One of the options many women turn to is breast augmentation. After breastfeeding, one of the only ways you can get that look back is to get a couple of fakes, and that’s okay!
Most doctors will recommend for you to wait six months to a year after weaning before proceeding with this plastic surgery. Reason being that you want to make sure your breasts have completely dried up and returned to normal in order to prevent complications from the surgery. Your milk ducts and breast tissue just need some time to adjust to the way things were before they were producing, and this time can vary from woman to woman.
Keep in mind that if you plan on having babies and nursing them in the future, although you can accomplish this with most implants, you can experience exaggerated nipple sensitivity, engorgement, and breast pain. It is best to wait until you’ve decided that you’re done having children. Should you decide to have children later on but still want implants now, it’s best to consult with the plastic surgeon about what options are best for you!
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Love the Body You're In
Let’s face it, after we have children, our bodies will never be the same. You can still look great after having kids, but to be frank, it’s just never the same. There’s nothing wrong with this though, and one of the hardest parts of being a mother is accepting our new mommy bodies!
Although breast augmentation after breastfeeding is a tempting route to go, first try to love who you are, as a person, as a mother, as a beautiful human being. No plastic surgery can change how you feel on the inside about yourself, and we can always find things that we want to change. Embrace your body, it has done a beautiful thing by creating a little miracle!