A recent study in the Asethetic Surgery Journal looked at identical twins' breasts for signs of aging. What they found surprised even the researchers - breastfeeding keeps your breasts looking younger! Nursing along with daily moisturizing and hormone replacement therapy were all found to be associated with healthier looking breasts. So what caused breasts look look "older"? Drinking, smoking, and pregnancy. Pregnancy has long been held as the culprit for what changes breasts, rather than breastfeeding, though this is not the first study to show that pregnancy is what causes changes to the breasts. Most pregnant women will tell you that breast changes are among the first pregnancy symptoms they experience.
What breast changes did you have in pregnancy? How do you feel about your postpartum breasts?
Hooman T. Soltanian, Mengyuan T. Liu, Adam D. Cash, and Rodrigo A. Iglesias. Determinants of Breast Appearance and Aging in Identical Twins. Aesthetic Surgery Journal September 2012 32: 846-860, doi:10.1177/1090820X12455660
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