Can You Decrease Breast Size After Baby Birth?

Most women experience an increase in their breast size during pregnancy and after the birth of a child. It is quite common to increase one to two bra cup sizes during the course of your pregnancy. Part of this enlargement can be linked to a gain in weight, but is also linked to the the preparation for breastfeeding. Decreasing your breast size after the birth of your baby may require some patience, since doctors cannot predict what pregnancy will do to your breasts, according to Dr. Hannah Brooks of the American College of Surgeons.

Breastfeed your child. According to the Mayo Clinic, breastfeeding should not affect the shape or volume of your breasts in the long-run. It may actually help to reduce the engorgement and subsequent growth that commonly occurs after birth.

Change your diet. Even while your breastfeeding, it may be important to change your eating habits to help you lose weight. Incorporate more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy into your diet. Healthier foods are relatively low in calories, which can help you to lose the baby weight.

Increase your level of exercise. As soon as your doctor gives you the green light, get back into an exercise routine. Exercise increases the amount of calories your body burns and can help stimulate weight loss. For most women, losing weight reduces breast size.

Undergo breast reduction surgery. If your breasts are still larger than desirable after ceasing to breastfeed, a surgical procedure can help to reduce the size of your breasts. Your cosmetic surgeon can remove excess fat, tissue and skin to provide you with a more comfortable size of breasts.


Since breast reduction is a surgical procedure, it is not without risks. Some women do experience complications after a reduction procedure, including skin discoloration, scarring, desensitization, asymmetry, infection, blood clots, nerve damage and pain. You may even experience an inability to breastfeed after subsequent pregnancies.