Ladies, do you really know your breasts?
It doesn’t matter if you are young, married, having a baby, or an elderly woman. The beauty you pursue is not only in the face. The beauty of the chest area is also very important. Especially for many breastfeeding mothers, breast changes are unavoidable. We believe that most women don’t know much about the structure of their breasts. Although breasts are part of us, even when we think we really understand our breasts, we actually still know very little about them.
The basic structure of the breast is divided into blood vessels, lymphatic vessels/lymph nodes, nerves, and fibrous connective tissue (the ligaments responsible for supporting the entire chest)
Women’s breasts are divided into two types: fatty and glandular breasts. Everyone has fats and glands in their breasts. It’s just a difference in proportions, you either have more fats or more glands. Of course, you can identify your breast type by x-ray.
1) Fat-type breasts – when you lose weight, you find that your breasts also get smaller. This is because there is more fats in the breast than glands.
2) Glandular breasts – when you lose weight, you will find that you only reduce the size of your body. This is because your breasts have more glands than breast fat.
Breast changes during pregnancy
The breasts will start having changes the second you are pregnant and all the changes are to prepare for future breastfeeding when the baby comes. So, what changes will Mama-to-be face?
- Breast pain & swelling (normal)
- Enlarged nipples and darker areolas (due to hormonal changes), some people don’t have very prominent nipples before pregnancy but after pregnancy, nipples become more prominent
- Enlarged breasts (something to pay attention to, be very careful when choosing bras, you need to start wearing breastfeeding bras, and it is not advisable for you to wear wired bras)
- Leaking breast milk (not everyone has this symptom but it is still normal) if you are facing this situation it is recommended not to express your breastmilk out as it is only a drop or two.
Below is a comparison of breast changes from pre-pregnancy to breastfeeding.
Most women’s breasts are plump and straight before pregnancy. During pregnancy, because the breasts begin to function for breastfeeding, the plumper breasts prevent previous bras that you wore from being worn, thus you will need to invest in buying a breastfeeding bra. After giving birth, your breast sizes will not be balanced, one breast will be bigger/smaller than the other. This is caused by an imbalance of milk supply due to an unequal amount of breastfeeding and expression on each breast. So when you find yourself favouring one side over the other while breastfeeding, you need to adjust as soon as possible (the best way is to alternate breastfeeding and expressing).
But what happens to your breasts when you stop breastfeeding? You will notice that your breasts are soft and smaller, and sometimes even sagging. Here are the 4 types of breasts
Causes of sagging breasts
- Breasts that keeps expanding or contracting
– This can easily cause the elastic fibres of the breast to break, that is to say, if you are a mother who has lost weight and then gained weight or is breastfeeding (Milk accumulation in breast and discharged when breastfeeding). The breast has been stretched and contracted
- Failed to restore the elasticity of Cooper’s ligament
– Cooper’s ligaments are a group of fibres that hang on the chest wall to fix and support the chest. The constant expansion and contraction will cause the cooper to break, the chest loses support and sags
- Age, menopause
-Collagen is lost due to aging.
4. Wrong choice of bras and undergarments when playing sports or working out.
5. Sleeping on the stomach will also cause the chest to expand, sag, and experience poor blood circulation
How can we judge the sagging index level? You can refer to the picture below and use a ruler and pen as a standard to measure which level your breasts belong to.
What causes a change in nipple or areola colour?
Generally, if you find a change in the colour of the nipple (became darker in colour), you need to pay attention, there may be some changes in your endocrine system.
Basically, the nipples of women in puberty are lighter in colour, and the colour will be darker as they develop. After pregnancy, the areola will become darker due to the increase in progesterone, progesterone increases the melanin level due to the hormonal relationship. However, some people also have a darker nipple during menstruation.
In general, only hormonal changes can affect the areola colour. This includes ingestion of birth control pills as birth control pills have many synthetic hormones. Another plausible reason is that the nipples are too dry or irritated, causing peeling and itching which also affects the change in colour.
How to Prevent Mastitis
Everyone is at risk of developing mastitis. Mastitis is inflammation of the breast caused by a blockage. Blockage of the mammary duct is due to the injury near the skin surface and bacteria migrates to the inner parts of the nipple glands. It is important to not over-squeeze the nipple and the areola and also not to over-express or breastfeed, you’ll be fine as long as the breasts are not too full of milk.
Mothers who experience mastitis have the following symptoms: chills, fever, swollen and tender breasts, redness, breast that is warm or hot to the touch, burning sensation when breastfeeding, pain when clothes rub against breasts, pain when walking, and aches when lifting hands.
Abnormal discharges can also be present if you have mastitis. If your breast milk is thick and yellow, it is possible that your mammary glands are inflamed. It is more serious when a pink-strawberry-milk-like discharge is present. If this happens to you, seek medical attention immediately.
So Mamas you need to ensure the following to prevent mastitis:
- Get enough sleep
- Don’t over massage
- Clothes/bras should not be too tight
- Feed your baby more often according to a schedule
- Your diet should be controlled not be too oily, as this will cause the milk to thicken and make it more difficult for the baby to suck out milk, causing blockage
- Your baby is not sucking in the correct position and not getting all the milk out
How can mothers help themselves if they suffer from mastitis while breastfeeding?
Moms can use cabbages for soothing relief. Cabbage has the effect of calming, anti-inflammatory and can reduce swelling. First, wash the cabbage, put it in the refrigerator, and then take it out and apply it on the chest, avoid applying it to the nipples and areolas. After the cabbage is soft and no longer cold, you can take it off, apply it 2 to 3 times a day. Another way is that mothers can breastfeed their babies more, as long as the baby sucks, the blockage in the mammary gland can be easily cleared. To add, mothers need more rest. You can also eat lecithin, although its role is not to soothe mastitis, it helps thin the milk and make it easier for it to pass.
Breast Hyperplasia vs Breast Cancer
Breast hyperplasia and breast cancer are two different health conditions, you can understand their differences through the chart above. Breast hyperplasia is a physiological phenomenon when your breasts are sore during menstruation but the pain will subside on their own after menstruation. However, if it is still swollen after menstruation, there is some unknown fluid in the nipple, and menstruation is irregular, this is a cause for concern. In severe cases, it will evolve into cancer, or it may be an early sign of cancer. That’s why you need to check yourself regularly and see a doctor if you feel a lump in your breasts or your breasts are swollen for a long period of time.
The best time to self-exam is once a month, 2 to 3 days after your period. Remember the important step is to look and touch. You need to check in the mirror, look at it while checking, and see where there is a difference. If you feel some abnormal lump or growth, use more force to probe the area. If there is a presence of abnormality, we highly advise you to go for a scan just to make sure that it is not harmful to your health.
You can refer to the above steps to examine your breasts
Indiba Breast Beauty Postpartum Breast Care
Most breast treatments that we know of are traditional massages.
Most of the chest treatments we know are traditional massages. In fact, there is also a breast care regimen that integrates modern technology and you can see the positive effect positively quickly, that is, Indiba Breast Beauty Postpartum Breast Care.
What are the wonderful effects it can achieve?
- Lift and firm
- Keep glands unclogged/improve circulation (blood circulation/lymphatic circulation)
- Improve pigmentation
- Softening of breast nodules
- Axillary breast
- Improve armpit circulation/swelling
Indiba Breast Beauty Postpartum Breast Care Treatments have no side effects. You can do different treatments every day, experience all the treatments and techniques. For nursing mothers, you can also do this treatment! If you are worried that the treatment will affect the quality of milk, you can express the first breast milk after the treatment, and then breastfeed the child with the later breastmilk.
Their core technology is the use of 448 kHz Proionic Cell Balance Therapy to incorporate endogenous heat. Visible results can be seen in just one treatment. Of course, the longer the treatment time, the better the effect, because it produces its own collagen that assist the breasts to recover better. The effect is most noticeable 2 weeks after the treatment.
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