Real Talk: How to Lift Sagging Breasts

Real Talk: How to Lift Sagging Breasts

portrait of Kate Kittredge
Kate Kittredge

In the fourth part of our series on how your breasts change through motherhood, we explore a concern many mothers have — sagging breasts. Some may refer to this stage as “sagging breasts”, but we prefer to think of it as “relaxed.” Seriously, after all that work, they deserve to relax a bit. Read on for tips on how to support sagging or relaxed breasts shapes. 

Oh, the many joys of motherhood. For many new-mamas, breastfeeding is a time of adjustment. You probably expected to ride some highs and lows (thank you, hormones), but there’s one specific low no one may have told you to expect—breast changes! Call them relaxed, teardrop, or bell-shaped, there’s a good chance that post-breastfeeding moms will experience some changes in breast shape and “perkiness” (it even has a medical term… Ptosis). We’re talking mom-to-mom here… and recommending the best bras for sagging breasts.

What causes sagging breasts?

A more relaxed breast shape is a natural shift after breastfeeding. That’s because the fatty and connective tissue in your breasts change in the process. Some women’s breasts stay large (or get larger) and some shrink. This can be due to a combination of weight loss, hormones, genetics, and maternal age.

During breastfeeding, breasts also become more dense, getting bigger with milk production, and stretching over time. And once milk production stops, breasts can shrink and head a bit more… ahem, south.

Some of you have asked: “What can I do to fix saggy breasts after breastfeeding?”

Well, Mama. There’s not a whole lot we can do to “fix” or prevent saggy breasts after nursing. However, we can take care of and love our breasts by making sure they’re resting in the most supportive bras. The good news is that there are a ton of great bra styles to choose from, so we never have to choose between comfort and a gorgeous look.

Underwire bras are great for offering much-needed support. While some flinch at the idea of underwires, once you’re in the right bra size, underwires can help support, shape, and provide uplift for our breasts. See some of our recommended styles below:

Some other tips to help give you a lift:

Invest in a supportive bra during pregnancy and during nursing.

During pregnancy, be sure to invest in a supportive bra that can expand as your chest grows. We recommend sizing up a band size so you have room to grow. During breastfeeding, a great nursing bra is also a definite must. You’ll need easy access to your breasts as well as support and flexibility as your breast size shifts throughout the day.

Healthy weight gain is also a key factor.

Your doctor can help determine if you’re in a healthy range (and not gaining too much—or too little!). Also avoid post-baby crash dieting. Losing too much weight too fast can help contribute to sagging breasts. A healthy diet and light exercise (when your body is ready) is all you need. Remember: slow and steady wins the race!

How to find your bra size again post-nursing.

After nursing, your breasts can be a different size than they were before you got pregnant. It’s important that you have a bra that fits you, and not the other way around. Be sure you’re wearing your correct size by taking our 60-second Fit Finder Quiz. With over 78 sizes—including half sizes—we’ve got you covered.

Oh, and in case no one told you today? Mama, you’re a rockstar.

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