Jeri writes, "I gave birth to my daughter six mo. ago. I'm breastfeeding and although I've always had large breasts they now are so saggy! I would love some tips on how to firm and tone them."
Answer: It's common for women to notice that their breasts get smaller and/or sag after child birth and nursing. These changes are due to heredity, age, weight gain and improper support of the breasts. Usually, the more weight you gain during pregnancy, the more your breasts will shrink or sag when the added pounds are lost.
Some of the sagging can be prevented by wearing a very supportive bra to take the weight off of the ligaments that support the breasts and by keeping pregnancy weight gain within reasonable guidelines.
Since breast tissue is not a muscle, unfortunately there are no exercises that you can do to tone this area. So prevention is the real key. However, you can tone the underlying pectoral muscle by doing exercises such as push ups and chest flies. This will help some. Unfortunately, even with a diligent program, you shouldn't expect to see any big changes in the appearance of your breasts once the damage is done.
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