8 Tips to Reshape Your Breasts After Breastfeeding

How to Reshape Your Breasts After Breastfeeding

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As a mother, you may want to improve the shape of your breasts once you have weaned off your baby. You may want to look your best and looking at those post-pregnancy pictures, and you will do everything possible to get back in shape. Once you start breastfeeding, your breasts sag, and they won’t have the wonderful shape that you loved. But, there is no need to worry. Here is what you can do to improve the shape of your breasts after breastfeeding.

Why Do Your Breasts Sag After Breastfeeding?

New mothers often associate saggy breasts with breastfeeding; however, that is not true. It is the end of pregnancy which causes the breasts to start sagging. The additional weight that new mothers put on during pregnancy for enlarged milk ducts starts reducing once the breasts start shrinking. Combined with a reduction in the pregnant woman’s body weight, this leaves the breasts in a deflated shape.

Easy Ways to Reshape Your Breasts After Breastfeeding

There are various ways to change the shape of your breasts after breastfeeding, and some of them are discussed below

1. Shower

Take alternate showers, but not a shower every alternate day. The key is to change the temperature of the water when you shower. This is a simple technique to gradually improve the strength and tone of the breasts and infuse them with life. Using this technique of alternating hot and cold water continuously during your showers, can stimulate blood circulation all around, and especially in your breasts. This will cause them to perk up and stay firm. However, this technique will only have a temporary effect and it will not reshape your breasts permanently.

2. A Proper Bra With a Proper Posture

Sagging of the breasts is what most pregnant women feel bad about once they wean their child from breastfeeding. All it takes for you to help reverse the changes is to use the right bra and hold yourself properly, right from the initial stages. You might have to replace your old bras with newer ones, or even opt for sports bras to get better support and shape. Furthermore, as you hold your child constantly and feed him, your posture changes, and it is slightly bent forward. Correct it and also correct your breastfeeding technique.

A good bra

3. Massage Your Breasts

Breastfeeding provides a lot of stimulation to your breasts, but weaning leaves them with barely any stimulation at all. Massaging your breasts can help your breasts counter that in a better way. The various techniques ensure that your breasts receive stimulation from all directions, causing the blood circulation to revitalise and support the breast tissues in their repair and regrowth. Using olive oil or almond oil can cut down the sagging effect, and the massages can infuse strength in the muscles, helping them hold themselves together.

A woman getting a breast massage

4. Natural Breast Creams

One of the popular ways most women use to counter the changes in their breasts post the breastfeeding stage is natural creams and supplements. Made from fenugreek or palmetto, these creams are known to have some interesting properties that affect the skin and muscle tissue in various ways. Applying these on a regular basis tightens up the skin effectively and results in a texture that is smooth and firm breasts. Additionally, fenugreek cream is known to work wonders in keeping the shape and size of the breasts intact. In any case, it is best to talk to your doctor before you begin using them.

5. A Proper Diet

Your diet during pregnancy, and while you were breastfeeding would be different from the diet you must be following now. Whatever you eat, you must remember to include food in your diet that improves the muscle tone, make your skin supple, and combat the elastic skin by tightening it. For this, you must include food items that are rich in Vitamin B and Vitamin E, as they improve skin tone. Apart from that, you must cut down on the consumption of animal-based food items that are rich in fats. These can add weight to your breasts but reduce their suppleness.

A woman eating healthy food

6. Specific Body Exercises

No matter what you eat, your breasts won’t return to their normal shape if you don’t exercise. Doing the right exercises is the easiest and most convenient way to naturally get your breasts firm and in shape. Technically, breasts are simply layers of fat so you can’t shape them directly. However, various muscles underneath them work in holding them up properly and keep your posture upright. Those are the muscles that need to be worked upon, and this will consequently improve the visual appeal of your breasts. It is best to opt for exercises that focus on your core and chest region, such as push-ups, dumbbell pullovers, and chest press. Start with light weights and build your strength gradually. Get a good gym trainer and talk to your doctor before starting these exercises.

7. Surgical Enhancement Techniques

This should ideally be your last resort and should be chosen only if you are unhappy with the way your breasts look. Even so, it is highly recommended to use every other natural method mentioned above for a substantial period of time and opt for surgical enhancement if their results are not up to the mark. Due to medical advancements, there are better enhancement methods that give your breasts a natural feel and look even after the surgery. There can be numerous surgical procedures and a clear choice of choosing the shape and size you’d like. Make sure you do adequate research about the procedure and choose an experienced plastic surgeon before going ahead with the surgical enhancement.

Are There Any Long-Term Benefits of These Breast Reshaping Methods?

Natural techniques can start showing their effect over a few months and take their time to reach their peak. The choice of going ahead with a particular method to make your breasts firm and in a proper shape depends on your willpower and the amount of time and money you are willing to invest in it.

Exercises, creams, and dietary changes can help in giving your breasts a proper shape. Your breasts may not return to the shape that you had prior to your pregnancy, but these methods would improve the saggy and stretched shape. However, if you are particular about your body image and willing to go the extra mile, then opting for a surgical enhancement might be the right choice for you.

Nevertheless, it is necessary to understand the costs that come with the freedom to choose how you’d want your breasts to look like. The effect of breast augmentation on a consecutive pregnancy and any effects on your body as well as a repeat procedure would all have to be taken into account before making your final decision.

While the chance of your breasts returning to the way they were before is close to impossible. There is a good chance of them reaching a state that is pretty good for your age and your body. Knowing how to get fuller breasts after breastfeeding through natural ways can help you get started on the right note and help you get into those gorgeous dresses to show off your amazing body again.

Also Read: How to Deal with Breast Engorgement?

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Aarohi Achwal holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a master’s degree in English Literature. While working as an intern for an English daily, she realised that she likes writing above anything else. The idea of being heard without having to speak appeals to her. She likes to write research-based articles that are informative and relevant. She has written articles on pregnancy, parenting, and relationships. And she would like to continue creating content on health and lifestyle.