By Nancy Phillips May 1, Pregnancy, breastfeeding and weaning each resulted in another trip to the bra boutique. Maureen Fjeld, a lactation consultant in private practice and director of the Calgary Breastfeeding Centre in Alberta, explains that the hormones of early pregnancy cause changes in the breast tissue.
It is normal for your breasts to feel mostly soft after the first weeks, although if there has been a long stretch without nursing or pumping they might feel a little full and heavy. At some point, typically around weeks if a mom has oversupply it may take longeryour milk supply will begin to regulate and your breasts will begin to feel less full, soft, or even empty. This change may come about gradually or seem rather sudden.
They were cute and perky, and I absolutely took them for granted. I nursed my son until two months before his 4th birthdaywhen I finally had to say enough is enough. Throughout those three and a half years, I nursed on demand, and nursed constantly.
The shape and size of your breasts change both before and after breastfeeding. To prepare for nursingbreast tissue and milk-producing glands enlarge and become fuller. You may then notice that your breasts are softer and less full than when you were nursing, resulting in a droopy appearance.
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By Linda Geddes. When a woman stops breastfeeding, her breasts go from being full-time, milk-producing factories to regular appendages, in a matter of days. Now a molecular switch has been identified that controls their transformation from milk secretors to cellular eaters that gobble up their dying neighbours.
When you were pregnant, everybody from your well-meaning aunt to your OBGYN probably talked to you about breastfeeding. Once your new baby was born, nurses and lactation consultants were available to help you as you began your breastfeeding journey. Unfortunately, you may not get as much advice from others when you are done breastfeeding.
During pregnancy your breasts will likely swell to proportions previously unimaginable. And just when you think they can't get any bigger, milk production is initiated two to four days after delivery whether nursing's on the menu or not and your mammoth mammaries will experience yet another growth spurt, becoming temporarily engorged and as hard as rocks. Some women, especially those who've had babies before, find their breasts don't grow overboard, and that's normal, too.