Post # 1
My boyfriend and I have been together for 4 years and we are planning on getting married and having kids in the next 4-5 years. I want to get a breast reduction but my bf wants me to wait till we after we have kids. I do not deal with back and neck pain on a regular occasion but from time to time I do get them. Sometimes its hard to fall asleep because my back feels so uncomfortable. However, I think I avoid the majority of the pain because I were the proper bras. Literally all of my bras cost me around $75-90. The pain however is not my motive behind wanting to get them reduced. In high school I was a D. I am now a 34F-G. I am only 5′ feet and 110 pounds. I’ll be 24 this year. I am really unhappy with how big my breast are. And to make matters worse, I recently got off birth control. At some point, i was a little thicker ( my body looked more proportionate) and I was okay with my breast but then they got bigger! I do not have wide hips which makes my breast stand out even more. Breast feeding is a concern of mine but I feel like I am already uncomfortable with my breast so I can only imagine how much unhappier I’ll be after pregnancy. I feel like if they do end up getting bigger after the reduction and pregnancy, at least it wont be a size that is unknown to me. Has anyone here have had a breast reduction before kids? How are they now that you do have kids? Was it worth it?
p.s= I am not pregnant and am now back on birth control but my breast size has not gone back down.
Post # 2
Bitterapple45: Hi. I can’t really give you personal advice, but my job is to administer anesthesia for these surgeries. I can say that with a good surgeon, the results are amazing. If it’s bothering you, I say just do it. If you live in the US, a reduction may be covered by insurance if the weight is causing back/neck pain. There’s a forum for plastic surgery called realself, you might find a larger pool of women who can give you advice based on personal experience. Good luck.
Post # 3
I had a breast reduction, although I don’t plan on having kids. I agree with your boyfriend. A breast reduction is serious surgery- my own took 8 hours of surgery, an overnight at the hospital, and months of healing- and you don’t want to go through all that only to potentially lose the results during pregnancy. I’d consider moving up the timeline to marriage/kids, if you want the surgery soon.
Post # 4
Bitterapple45: Something that jumped out at me is that you said you’re in a size 34 band. A 34 band is designed for a woman who measures 34 inches around her ribcage underneath the bust; this seems unusual to me since you are so petite!
The majority of your bra’s support should come from the band, so if the band is a size or two too large, the straps bear more weight than they should. This is a very common source of neck and back pain for many women 🙁
Unfortunately, many US bra companies measure by adding 4 or 5 to the underbust to arrive at a band size. This can lead to a less than ideal fit because the band isn’t snug enough provide the support that it should be.
You might be able to find a more comfortable and supportive fit by using the bra fitting method outlined here:
Amazon is a great source for pretty bras that come in sizes for smaller bands and larger cups- check out the brands Cleo, Freya, Panache, and Curvy Kate 🙂 (Note that these are UK bands and their cup lettering system is just a little different than the US system- the link above has details on how to sort that bit out.)
I am sorry that you are uncomfortable and hope that you find a solution that works for you in both the short term and the long term! 🙂
Post # 5
I had a breast reduction when I was 19- it was really life-changing. I’ve always planned on having kids, but it was something I needed to do. Now that I’m married and approaching the time in my life that I am ready for kids (but not until after grad school! ), I do worry about how the reduction will affect my ability to breast feed and how my breasts will change during pregnancy. However, I still wouldn’t change my decision.
Post # 6
bravangelist: she could be a 30 or 32 G/H but having to buy a 34F/G in some bras or brands that dont have her size.
the best way to get fitted is not with a measuring tape but going to a specialty store and a very good consultant can size you just by looking at them.
Post # 7
I agree with your boyfriend and I would wait. I don’t have an official medical reason. But I’ve heard my share of surgeries gone bad and scar tissue issues. If you are going to have kids and want to breast feed I just feel it would be better to leave your body in its natural state since you’re not experiencing any neck or back pain. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
I second getting custom well fitting bras. Expensive yes. But it’s a part of being “naturally blessed”.
Post # 8
The only advice I can offer you is if you want to breastfeed your children and that’s very important to you I would wait to have the surgery after you’ve had children. Breast reductions make breastfeeding difficult and most women need to breastfeed and pump after and still may not produce enough milk. And there’s no way of knowing what the hormonal pregnancy changes will do to your breasts. So if breastfeeding is very important to you I would wait until you are done having children.
Post # 9
Plus, after a breast reduction your boobs will look amazing. You might as well have the great rack after you’ve wrecked them through pregnancy/breastfeeding.
Post # 10
I know someone who had a breast reduction and was unable to breastfeed. This may not be the case for everyone but if that’s important to you, then you should probably avoid doing something that could affect your ability to do so.
Post # 11
bravangelist: thank you for the advice! I get my bras from speciality stores and usually get a fitting everytime I go. Their bras have changed my life completely and I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else for them. I do get the majority ofmy support from the band and not the straps. It’s because of these bras that I feel that I dodge a lot of the neck and back pain that cones with large breast. I usually wear simon perell. I have tried the 32 band but they were way too tight. They actually left discolororation on my skin where the band is and my skin would be red and sensitive after a day of wearing the 32 band. I will definitely check out those brands of bras that mentioned though. Thank you!
Post # 12
Bitterapple45: I sent you a message
Post # 13
GrannyPantiesRock: thank you for letting me know about this site! It’s amazingly helpful.
Post # 15
Bitterapple45: hi, i had my breast reduction at 2 days before my 21st birthday and just turned 26. So five years ago and is still the best thing i ever did for myself! I was falling out of a 34FF. insurance mademe go through steps before they would cover the surgery: get fitted professionally for a bra, chiropractor, doctor reccomendation. 6 months later they would evaluate their decision. Recovery was difficult but i had a lot of support. I looked at hundreds of before and after breast reduction pictures online and found “befores” that looked simular to me to see their result. my surgeon did not detatch my nipples so i hope that i will have a chance at breastfeeding (i will begin trying in late 2015).
personally i think i will have a greater chance at breastfeeding post reduction. Before my surgery the nerves in my breasts were so stretched and i have so much more feeling now!