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Doctor insights on: Does Being Overweight Or Having Large Breasts Make It Harder To Breastfeed

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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As I have become fat, my breasts are saggy. Even if I lose weight, they will remain so. Is there any way to make them even a little better naturally?

As I have become fat, my breasts are saggy. Even if I lose weight, they will remain so. Is there any way to make them even a little better naturally?

Not on earth: The support structure inside breasts influences how they hang. Such traits are usually inherited just like other bodily characteristics. On Earth, we have gravity, so some breasts will sag if they were destined to sag. Without gravity, like on the International Space Station, breasts shouldn't sag, but that's a question best directed to a woman astronaut. However, becoming slimmer is a good idea. ...Read more

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Are bras actually bad for you? Is it true that they make your breasts sag more?

Are bras actually bad for you? Is it true that they make your breasts sag more?

No and no: Bras aren't bad. They can be really useful in preventing breasts from bouncing around during exercise and movement. Of course, not every woman needs a bra for exercise issues, but there are some other reasons to wear one. And, no, bras don't cause sagging (gravity causes that)... and genetics play a big role. ...Read more

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All my immediate family are overweight does that mean its harder for me to lose weight than someone else or that im more likely to be overweight?

All my immediate family are overweight does that mean its harder for me to lose weight than someone else or that im more likely to be overweight?

Well,...: A recent study came out that was titled "It is not in the genes, it is what you eat." That being said, I believe there is certainly a possible genetic predisposition to obesity, BUT with the proper diet and exercise program, this can be easily affected to be healthier and at a more proper weight. Eat well, exercise often, be regimented, avoid temptations, stay well! ...Read more

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If I have eaten to much food at a meal will it affect my CHF by making it harder for me to breathe?

If I have eaten to much food at a meal will it affect my CHF by making it harder for me to breathe?

No: Your ability to ventilate your lungs is seldom critical if you have CHF. And a full stomach puts little extra restriction on lungs. Hoping that your CHF can be addressed. If at your age you have a cardiomyopathy, I hope transplant is an option. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Would weak abs/stomach muscles and being thin when remaining pregnant cause a woman to have a 'torpedo belly' shape as she gets bigger with baby?

Would weak abs/stomach muscles and being thin when remaining pregnant cause a woman to have a 'torpedo belly' shape as she gets bigger with baby?

Not necessarily so: If you look at the cover of a "bodybuilder" mag you can see the anatomy of the surface of your abdominal wall. It is composed of several muscles and also connective tissue. Exercising can build up the muscle tissue but not the connective tissue. You don't know how big your uterus will grow and push outward on your abdominal wall but "qué sera sera". ...Read more

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Can you say if it could losing weight make my boobs smaller?

Can you say if it could losing weight make my boobs smaller?

Usually with any: Significant weight loss at least some of that will be translated to lose of breast fatty tissue. ...Read more

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Can the bcp sptintec make me infertile after being on it 3 years or will it just make it harder to get pregnant?

Can the bcp sptintec make me infertile after being on it 3 years or will it just make it harder to get pregnant?

Neither: Birth control pills will not affect your fertility except while you are on them. They do not cause aging of ovaries, they dont cause uterine problems, etc. That being said. Women have changes to their body all the time. It is possible that a woman's body will chance while they are on the pills and they may not know it. Then when trying to get pregnant they find out. ...Read more

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If I have too much estrogen, or not enough progesterone, does that make me more susceptible to breast cancer?

If I have too much estrogen, or not enough progesterone, does that make me more susceptible to breast cancer?

Breast cancer risk: Maybe: some breast cancers take up estrogen as a sort of growth hormone to encourage growth, so too much estrogen can speed growth of these cancers. There is a very small increase in breast cancer risk with estrogen only given postmenopausally for the symptoms. Relative increase in Progesterone only is associated with some breast disorders also but cancer risk is unclear. ...Read more

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By drinking risperdal or Prozac (fluoxetine) they say is harder to get pregnant is this true? will it be hard for me to be pregnant ? because of thoes 2 medicens

By drinking risperdal or Prozac (fluoxetine) they say is harder to get pregnant is this true?  will it be hard for me to be pregnant ? because of thoes 2 medicens

Probably not: There are no links for women's fertility that rise above the most minimal impact - way under 1% report this effect. The issue is more plausible for males, but even there it is not a commonly reported problem. Don't worry. ...Read more

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If a woman were to get a breast lift because of sag, but with no implants, do they count as fake breasts?

If a woman were to get a breast lift because of sag, but with no implants, do they count as fake breasts?

No: A breast lift is not the same as breast implants. "fake" is a term you never have to use, regardless of which choice you make. You have choices, including doing both a lift and implants. Take a friend with you to your plastic surgery consult, ask to see photographs of each option. Take time to contemplate which option will be best for you before committing. Okay to go for two opinions. Be well. ...Read more

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Does being overweight cause you to stop ovulating which will make it harder to conceive?

Does being overweight cause you to stop ovulating which will make it harder to conceive?

Yes: Obesity is a known risk to fertility. See this site for information on this topic. http://www.webmd.com/infertility-and-reproduction/news/20071211/obesity-linked-to-infertility-in-women. ...Read more

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About breastfeeding, is it really true that women with small (30aa) sizes can make enough milk, or do doctors just say that so women won't feel badly?

About breastfeeding, is it really true that women with small (30aa) sizes can make enough milk, or do doctors just say that so women won't feel badly?

Size doesn't matter: Your breasts will make as much milk as your baby needs. Your breast size does not affect that. Your breasts may slightly get larger during breastfeeding but it does usually go back down to your regular cup size when you stop breastfeeding. ...Read more

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Does getting your tubes tied cause you to gain more weight or make it harder to loose your baby weight?

Does getting your tubes tied cause you to gain more weight or make it harder to loose your baby weight?

NO: There are many "old wives tales" regarding tubal ligations -- abnormal menstrual periods; weight gain; increased hysterectomies -- but none of them are true. ...Read more

Breasts Enlarged (Definition)

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Overweight = a body mass index (BMI) between ...Read more