Do natural breast enhancement supplements work?
from Sandhya Pruthi, M.D.
There’s no evidence that natural breast enhancement supplements lead to breast enlargement. Although breast enlargement may be a side effect of certain prescription drugs — such as estrogen, birth control pills and antidepressants — no published studies have shown that natural breast enhancement supplements have the same effect.
It’s important to note that natural breast enhancement supplements may contain herbs known as phytoestrogens, which could increase the risk of some types of breast cancer. Serious drug interactions are possible as well, especially if you take a blood-thinning medication such as warfarin (Coumadin).
If you’re interested in breast enhancement, consult your doctor about more effective options.
Are sagging breasts inevitable after breast-feeding? I’m worried about the toll breast-feeding may take on my breasts.
from Elizabeth LaFleur, R.N.
It’s normal to wonder how breast-feeding will affect your breasts, but take heart.
Research has shown that breast-feeding doesn’t negatively affect breast shape or volume.
Still, sagging breasts are a valid concern. During pregnancy, the ligaments that support your breasts may stretch as your breasts get fuller and heavier. This stretching may contribute to sagging breasts after pregnancy — whether or not you breast-feed your baby.
Sagging breasts may be more noticeable with each subsequent pregnancy, especially if you have large breasts.
Other factors also contribute to sagging breasts, including aging and smoking — both of which reduce skin elasticity. Being overweight can have a similar effect.
Remember, breast milk is the ideal food for most babies. Don’t let a fear of sagging breasts stop you from breast-feeding.
To maintain the appearance of your breasts at any stage of life, make healthy lifestyle choices. Include physical activity in your daily routine. Eat a healthy diet. If you smoke, ask your doctor to help you quit.