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Your Breasts Before, During and After Breastfeeding

Woman breastfeeding her baby


If you've decided to breastfeed your baby, you may be wondering how this experience might affect your body. The reality is your breasts will go through many changes during this journey but, when all is said and done, you’ll feel more connected to your baby.

In this article, we'll look over the breast changes during pregnancy and what you should expect when you're expecting.


Before breastfeeding

If you've ever wondered what life might be like with bigger breasts, prepare to enter the realm of the double-letter cup size. Breast changes during early pregnancy will result in them gearing up for nursing by getting larger, ready to hold the milk you'll use to nurse.

Yes, they'll be sore – but the temporary pain is nothing compared to the closeness you'll feel when nursing your new baby. 


Breasts during breastfeeding, in the beginning

If you thought your breasts were big during your last trimester, wait until your milk comes in. This is a good thing. It means your body is ready to provide your baby with all the sustenance he or she needs.

Physically, your breasts will feel heavier, so a supportive nursing tank or nursing bra is a smart investment. You may notice your breasts feel hard at first, but don't worry – it's just the milk. This will lessen as you nurse.

Breasts during breastfeeding, after a few weeks

The first few weeks of breastfeeding can be a bit tough. Your breasts, which are adjusting to an entirely new experience, will be very tender and swollen at times. Here's the great news, though: After a few weeks, your breasts will have become accustomed to the sensation, and it'll be like second nature.

They'll still be larger, but they won't be nearly as sensitive. You'll likely feel more relaxed, allowing you and your partner to bond over being an entirely new kind of team.

Breasts after breastfeeding

After breastfeeding, your breasts will start to look much the way they did before you got pregnant. True, they may not be as perky as they once were – but, breastfeeding alone doesn’t really impact a woman's breast shape. If you do have any concerns, however, consult with your physician.

Sure, you may wind up with a few stretch marks on your breasts; they'll lighten over time. Until then, whenever you catch a glimpse of them, just remember that you fostered life with those breasts.


About the Author

A native of Charleston, S.C., Julie Sprankles has been writing professionally since 2003. She received a double Bachelor of Arts in English and communications from Charleston Southern University. Formerly editor-in-chief at award-winning shelter publication "Charleston Home + Design Magazine," Sprankles now enjoys writing and editing full-time.