7 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Lactating Breasts

Tracey Montford

By Tracey Montford

Aug 13, 2015

Throughout a women’s life her breasts will continue to change. Changes will occur due to age, weight loss and or weight increase. A lot of women will not notice these small changes.

However during pregnancy and breastfeeding a woman will notice significant changes in a short period of time due to hormonal changes and milk production.

Is an average Lactating E cup Breast = to a Normal E cup breast?

They are the same size, same dimensions, but the lactating breast can be up to 35% heavier.

Everybody knows that during the early stages of pregnancy and post birth most women will experience an increase in breast size. But did you know that the weight of a breastfeeding boob is much heavier than a non-breastfeeding boob of the same size?

This is why it is very important to make sure you wear a supportive bra that is comfortable for 24 hour wear, as much damage can occur during those long active days and nights breastfeeding.

Stretch marks occur when your skin is stretched rapidly over a short period of time, without the proper maintenance and care, stretch marks can also occur on your breasts when your milk comes in immediately post birth.

It’s important to make sure you are in a comfortable and supportive bra while breastfeeding to ensure minimal ligament damage. Lack of support can cause permanent sag in the breast.

Oxytocin (hormone) is released during breastfeeding, which helps with birth, maternal bonding & lactation. It’s important to find a bra that uses natural fibers and ecological dyes to ensure the process isn’t disrupted.

Your breasts will not necessarily be the same size for all pregnancies. As your breast shape and structure will continue to change as you age and breastfeed children. It’s important to be refitted with each pregnancy to ensure you are getting the best possible support and fit.

A factor that could contribute to mastitis is a poorly fitted bra. Compression and restriction can cause blocked milk ducts, which can lead to mastitis.

The size of the breast does not determine how much milk a woman will produce. Each new mother is gifted with the ability to feed her baby, whether she is well endowed or not. A or B cupped women can produce just as much milk as a G cup.

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