11 things you never knew about your boobs

From size to cysts, here’s everything you’ll want to know about keeping your breasts in tip-top condition!

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Breasts, boobs, jugs, chesticles, the twins, melons, marshmallows, Mickey and Minnie ― whatever your pet name for them, everyone is born with at least two breasts. And whether for aesthetic or practical purposes, most of us would not be able to imagine life without them. If you plan to have a baby, your breasts will come in very handy as they help provide your little one with nutritious breastmilk.

Boobs come in different shapes and sizes, and no one breast is exactly the same as the other, but ultimately, they all perform the same function. There’s no denying that they accomplish important tasks, but have you ever wondered what your bust is made of, or how they can vary in appearance from one stage of your life to the next? 

Well, here are facts you should know about your twin peaks!

1.            They aren’t just made up of fat

Contrary to what many people believe, your breasts comprise more than just fat tissues. “Breasts are made up of fat, milk glands and ducts, and fibrous connective tissues called Cooper’s Ligaments, which help provide structural support,” explains general surgeon Dr Esther Chuwa, a breast consultant. However, this does not mean that if you have smaller boobs, you will produce less breastmilk. The size of your breasts does not determine how much milk you make!

Skinny people might not necessarily be flat-chested, while chubbier women might also not be necessarily well-endowed.

2.            One is most probably bigger than the other

Just like eyebrows, think of your boobs as sisters and not twins. Most women will have uneven ones. “In most women, the left breast is usually slightly larger than the right. Very few women are perfectly symmetrical. A slight difference in size of up to 15 to 20 per cent between the right and left breast is considered normal,” says Dr Chuwa. However, if you notice that there is a sudden change in your breast size after puberty, make sure to consult your breast specialist as this might signal more serious problems such as growths, cancer and inflammation.

3.            How much breastmilk you produce isn’t determined by your bust size

Breastmilk production is controlled by hormones such as oxytocin and prolactin, which is released when your baby nurses. So, the more you breastfeed, the more milk your body makes to meet the demand.  If you have trouble breastfeeding, talk to a lactation consultant!

4.            Various factors can affect your cup size

Skinny people might not necessarily be flat-chested, while chubbier women might also not be necessarily well-endowed. Pregnancy and menopause can affect your breast size as well. Your cup size, which is dependent on many factors such as genetics and your body frame, also changes throughout your life. “This usually happens if the woman suddenly loses a lot of weight, which can result in her going down one cup size (less commonly two cup sizes). Women who stop breastfeeding after a few months might also experience a significant reduction in breast size as this is when the milk glands all shrink and atrophy when the lactation stimulus is removed,”  Dr Tan Yah Yuen, a breast surgeon, explains.

5.            How fast your boobs sag isn’t just based on cup size

Yes, bigger breasts might have a tendency to sag more because of their weight and Earth’s pesky gravity. States Dr Tan, “Breasts sag as a person grows older due to gravity and the weight of your breasts. Larger, heavier breasts without adequate bra support over time will tend to sag more.” However, other (lifestyle) factors might affect how perky your boobs are, such as if you go on a crash diet. In fact, small-chested women who smoke might find their boobies sagging faster than their big-chested friends! Explains breast surgeon Dr Bertha Woon, “Smoking also destroys elastin and indirectly causes breasts to droop and sag.”