The Truth About Breastfeeding

There are things that happen during pregnancy that we love to talk about, like how you have a mother’s nurturing glow, how the baby is kicking, and how perfectly round your belly is getting. On the negative end, we also love to vent to our friends about the heaviness, the swollen ankles and those surprising bouts of morning sickness that happen in less than ideal situations.

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After the pregnancy is over and the beautiful bubba is born, the conversation switches to how the baby is sleeping, debates over breastfeeding versus bottle feeding, and quick snaps at anyone who asks you how your weight loss is going post-pregnancy. One thing that isn’t talked about a lot is what actually happens to the body after birth, especially sensitive areas like the breasts.

A recent post on Vogue about what happens to breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding had me thinking about this even more. I’ve always joked to my partner that after we’ve finished having kids, he’ll have to buy me a breast lift to make up for the soccer team he wants, but for a growing number of women out there, getting a breast lift is no joke; it’s a way to feel like yourself again after giving your body to your children.

While stretch marks are newly taking some focus after birth, it’s still not a popular conversation to have about what happens to a woman’s most intimate places on her body; namely her breasts and vagina. Vaginal rejuvenation has become a popular topic, especially in Hollywood, but it seems that we are still hiding what our breasts are like after birth.

Every woman and her body are completely different, and our bodies react differently to child birth and breastfeeding, but for those who happen to sag significantly, it can affect self esteem and happiness. If you’re thinking that it’s shallow to want a breast lift after pregnancy, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But we should all have the right to feel great about ourselves, even if it means having a little help to get your breasts back to what makes you feel fantastic.

Women are slowly getting there in terms of what is socially accepted to speak about, but I think that what happens to a woman’s body after she nurtures a life is very important. This shouldn’t be a deterrent from breastfeeding; quite the opposite. Women should be empowered to feel great after having given birth to new life. They shouldn’t feel ashamed for not feeling happy with their bodies and shouldn’t feel guilty about wanting a little extra to feel great again.

It’s a new era, a new time; women can talk about these things. And we should be talking about these things and letting each other know that we are all beautiful and we all have the right to define beauty the way we want to, without judgement or critique. Let’s start being open about what giving birth is actually like and start being more open about the way women feel, and are allowed to feel.

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Natural Ways To Prevent Sagging

Rather than going down the plastic surgery route to enhance the chest area, many women are instead opting for a cheaper and more long-term alternative – exercise. So, use a few of the exercises below to not only tone your body, but to also help prevent premature sagging of the breast tissue.

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Standing Chest Press


  1. Stand up straight with your arms bended at the side.
  2. Hold light dumbells in each hand, then extend them inwards and outwards in slow, fluid motions.
  3. You should be able to feel the burn in your upper arms and chest area. It’s also a fabulous exercise which helps to straighten the vertebrae, and will give your body better posture in the long term.



  1. Lie down on the floor with your arms at a 90 degree angle.
  2. Extend your toes outwards until your heels are up in the air – this will also help press your body foreword.
  3. This workout is best for the core muscles, arms, legs and even the chest which is at the centre.

Ventral raises


  1. Stand up straight (or lie down – depends on which feels better) with a weight in each hand. Raise one arm upwards, then slowly alternate with the other.
  2. As your arm is slowly coming downwards, make sure it lines up with your hips.

Push ups


  1. Start with your palms flat on the floor and keep your knees down low on the mat for extra stability.
  2. Exhale on every upwards motion and remember to keep your arms bent at the sides.

Back extensions


  1. In the same position as the push up, put your arms over the side of your head, then lift and lower the upper body.
  2. This exercise will help to strengthen your arms, back, as well as the chest area by giving it an extra lift. Feel free to use a yoga ball to give you some extra stability if you’re just starting out.

Images via Oxygen Mag, Fitness Blender, iBodz, Womens Health Mag

Myth-Busting Breast Augmentation

Have you ever been interested in breast augmentation surgery? Whether you’re thinking about going up a cup size, downgrading or even making your breasts look firm and shapely, this kind of cosmetic surgery is one of the most popular trends in Australia at the moment. Growing at a rate of 30 per cent year-after-year, it is time to debunk any myths about breast augmentation, and just face the facts if you’re interested in going under the knife.

The Cosmetic Institute is a world-class facility offering breast augmentation surgery, amongst other cosmetic procedures. With their flagship store located in Parramatta and second established just months ago in bustling Bondi Junction, they offer exceptional surgical outcomes, brilliant patient care and support at a fair price. Breast augmentation surgery at The Cosmetic Institute is available for $5,990.

Here are some common misconceptions about breast augmentation surgery, as told by David Segal, co-founder and managing director of The Cosmetic Institute, and author of the book Skin – The Essential Australian Guide.

Breast implants are only for women who want to increase their cup size

A far cry from the assets of celebrities such as Brynne Edelstein or Pamela Anderson, in reality, many clients just want to go from an A to a B or a C cup. “The size of the implant is determined in consultation with the patient, taking into account their height, weight and frame, but for the most part, we don’t see women who are looking to go really big,” says David. Implants are not a ‘one size fits all’ type of procedure. They are chosen in proportion to body-type, and how to best flatter the rest of the patient.

Implants will make you lose the sensation in your breasts

Although patients will usually have a different reaction from the procedure, in most cases this is treated as a rare concept. While everyone will react differently after the implants are inserted, the loss of sensitivity isn’t usually a permanent side effect. “The vast majority of patients experience no permanent sensory changes after undergoing a breast augmentation,” David said.

You cannot breastfeed after having implants

One of the most common misconceptions about breast augmentation surgery is definitely in regards to difficulty breastfeeding in the future. The implant is usually inserted under the muscle, since this will not interfere with any flow from the milk ducts. If you do plan to have kids or breastfeed, don’t let this common misconception deter you from the idea of breastfeeding.

Breast augmentation requires a lot of attention and time off work

While everybody is different and has a varied amount of pain tolerance, breast augmentation isn’t treated like a surgery which requires a tremendous amount of down-time. Most patients will be back and on their feet within 5-7 days after the procedure has been completed. “Most of our patients are pleasantly surprised by the simplicity of the procedure and the time it takes to recover.  The procedure itself takes just 45 minutes on average and does not require an overnight hospital stay.  Patients are able to recuperate at home once discharged from recovery,” says David.

Having the procedure in Thailand or overseas will be cheaper and act like a mini-holiday

A large number of people choose to get their breast augmentation surgery in countries such as Thailand, Lebanon and Bali. These procedures are often advertised as cheap and are romanticised since they also look like a mini-holiday which takes over the recovery period. In reality, this is nearly impossible since patients need an adequate amount of care, rest and follow-up support which doesn’t exist in these types of scenarios. “In addition to not being able to swim, patients may be in pain and must keep movement to a minimum.  Additionally, people are often travelling to very hot, humid climates, where the risk of infection is high, and most importantly, should something go wrong, a patient has no access to their surgeon once they have returned home,” David warns.

Silicone implants are not safe

Much has been said over the past few years in regards to the safety of silicone implants. Actually, these implants have gone through numerous tests and research which determine that they are extremely safe and reliable. “Silicone is actually the most biocompatible material known to man and silicone-filled implants are supported by extensive pre-clinical testing, US clinical studies and European rupture prevalence data,” David says. If you are worried about the safety of silicone implants, do your research and read-up as much as you can on the topic before deeming it unsafe.

Implants make it difficult to detect breast cancer

Actually, quite the opposite. Breast implants have often had a bad reputation in regards to blocking the detection of breast cancer. Instead, the implants push forward the breast tissue, which makes it so much easier to detect any incoming lumps or bumps which are of concern.

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Plastic Surgery Guide: Breast Lift

Most women start out with firm, perky breasts, but things can happen over time that cause them to droop and lose their shape, like pregnancy, breast feeding, losing or gaining weight, heredity and plain, old ageing. If you want higher, more youthful-looking, firmer breasts, you might want to consider this kind of breast surgery.

What is a breast lift?

The sole purpose of a breast lift, or mastoplexy, is to correct sagging breasts and give the bust an uplifted contour. This surgery does not significantly change the size of the breasts. If you want larger breasts, consider augmentation surgery, or to go smaller, a breast reduction.

Is breast lift surgery for you?

The ideal candidate for a breast lift is in good health but has breasts that sag and have lost their shape. The breasts may appear to be deflated and have nipples that point down. They may be pendulous, with an elongated shape.

If you have any of these problems, the look of your breasts can be improved by a breast lift. You won’t regain the bustline you had at 18, but you should see a more pleasing shape and silhouette.

What is the breast lift procedure?

There are a variety of techniques used to perform a mastoplexy, and their use depends on several factors. These include breast size and shape, degree of sagging, size and position of the areolas and elasticity of the skin. The three most common incision patterns are around the areola, around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease or around the areola, vertically down from the breast crease and horizontally along the crease.

After the incision is made, the surgeon lifts and reshapes the underlying breast tissue to improve contour and firmness. Excess skin is removed and the areola repositioned to a more youthful placement on the breast. The remaining skin is tightened as the incisions are closed.

The results

Results will be visible immediately after surgery. The incisions will leave permanent scars that will fade over time. The results of a mastoplexy are long-lasting, especially if the patient maintains a healthy weight.

The cost of a breast lift

The cost of breast lift procedure will vary according to the surgeon and the facilities. The surgeon’s fee for a mastoplexy should range from $6,000 to $8,000. Add to this the fees for the assistant surgeon and anaesthetist plus the cost of facilities and follow-up visits. If you have implants done at the same time, the cost would rise to about $12,000.


As with any surgery done under general anaesthesia, there is the chance the patient will have an adverse reaction. In addition to the scarring, there can be a loss of sensation in the nipple or the breast.

Have you considered having a breast lift?