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    Default Boobs after weaning

    So along with all the wonderful parts of breastfeeding I am dealing with huge breasts. Currently 34F. I miss my smaller boobs and am wondering what is likely to happen to them when I finish breastfeeding. Will they shrink back to how they were? Look deflated? What's going to happen?

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    Default Re: Boobs after weaning

    They'll probably shrink a bit once your LO weans. But don't expect them to go back to your original size or perkiness. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
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    I think it entirely depends on your specific anatomy/physiology. Obviously no one is physically exactly the same after pregnancy, birth, nursing, and all other elements of having children, but some women bounce back a little further than others. My breasts are still larger than they were prepregnancy, but they've scaled back a lot as my son has gotten older and I think they look fantastic. My skin seems to have pretty high elasticity though; I don't have a single stretch mark either. So I really think it is just going to depend on your own body.
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    Default Re: Boobs after weaning

    Thanks for the responses. I figured that they would never resume their original perkiness but was hoping they'd shrink back to original size! It's so hard to find clothes that fit or flatter with huge boobs and they make me look heavy, even though I'm actually back to pre-pregnancy weight Oh well, if that's the price I pay for breastfeeding, it's worth it. I love the special relationship with DS and am in no hurry to wean, I was just hoping that when we eventually did they'd shrink back, that's all. Thanks for giving me honest answers.

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    I hear ya, mama. Clothes that flatter a big chest are definitely hard to find. Button-down tops especially- I find that if they fit me on top they are absolutely huge lower down. I've considered buying things that fit me on top and then taking them to a tailor and seeing if they can be taken in on the bottom- a simple seam might be enough, depending on the garment...
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    Default Re: Boobs after weaning

    I was generous of chest pre-baby (36D); grew a size or so after pregnancy and breast feeding, lost some weight this summer (back to 36D). I'm somewhere between a 36D and DD right now, 5 months in to pregnancy #2. Not to brag but my breasts, while not porn-star/fake boob perky post baby/nursing, were not that saggy. I agree that it probably depends on your personal physiology; I didn't really get stretch marks either. Even if you aren't as perky, a good bra is worth it's weight in gold. I've found that I just avoid button front shirts cause it wasn't worth it to tailor them extensively. We'll see how BF #2 goes, but my body image hasn't suffered too much so far.
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    Mine look bad. They didn't look great after baby#2, but EPing killed them.
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    Default Re: Boobs after weaning

    I bet age has something to do with how well your boobs...er, bounce back. The older you are, the less fat and elasticity, which might mean more sagging. My breasts already began shrinking after about 2 years of breastfeeding and when we weaned a year later, I had to buy new, smaller bras (I think I went from a 34C--pre-preggo--to a 32A). I LOVED having smaller breasts! The bras are so much cuter. But I noticed that the girls are definitely are sitting much lower on my chest these days and I wonder if it's cause I'm already 36 (vs. in my 20s)?

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    Mine ended up smaller (and yes, less perky) after weaning Joe. Now they're enormous again since I'm nursing a newborn again. Honestly I just like them smaller, I don't care that much about sagging but when they are huge I feel like they make me look super matronly.


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    Default Re: Boobs after weaning

    Thanks for the honest answers, ladies. I guess I'll hope I'm one of those who ends up smaller after weaning. I was a 34C before getting pregnant but have been up to a 34D at various points in my life depending on my weight. I can live with up to a D cup, but an F is just too much on my short frame. A breast reduction is not an option both because I plan on having more kids and want to be able to nurse them, and I can't see putting myself through major surgery for what is (for me) simply a cosmetic issue (I know some people have back pain, etc. but I don't).

    Has anyone noticed a decrease in size with pump-weaning around a year? My son is 9 months, and I'm planning to start pump weaning between 12-15 months depending on how well he is taking solids by then, so I'm hoping they'll start to shrink then! JoMo, I know what you mean about feeling matronly when they're huge. That and they make me look heavier than I am.

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