23 Things You Should Really Know About Your Boobs

“Is this normal?!”

We then spoke with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Alyssa Dweck, a New York-based OB-GYN and co-author of The Complete A to Z for Your V (Fair Winds Press, 2017), to get her expert responses on these questions.

*Disclaimer: Age, family history, and other factors are important for any care provider to know in order to give a full and proper diagnosis. And answers to questions may vary depending on your own individual backgrounds. If you have a sudden change with your breasts or other concerns, please see your care provider for a full diagnosis.

Does sleeping braless and on one side cause the boob toward the ceiling to stretch and become larger than the other?
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Does sleeping braless and on one side cause the boob toward the ceiling to stretch and become larger than the other?
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“No. Your sleeping position and whether you’re sleeping in a bra or not is based on individual comfort,” Dweck told BuzzFeed. “So, there is no effect whatsoever.”

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Can you breastfeed after a breast reduction?
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Can you breastfeed after a breast reduction?
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“There are some women who are successful with breastfeeding after a reduction and many who are not because the ducts may get affected. It’s always worth a try, but don’t get frustrated if you cannot.”

According to this article by board-certified lactation consultant Diana West, “Almost all women who have breast augmentation and reduction surgery will be able to make some milk. But if a significant portion of the lactation system was impaired by the surgery, then the milk supply may not be enough to meet a baby’s entire need.”

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Does anyone else have flat nipples that only stick out (a very little bit) when hit directly by chilly contact or ~stimulated~? Is this something I should be worried about?
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Does anyone else have flat nipples that only stick out (a very little bit) when hit directly by chilly contact or ~stimulated~? Is this something I should be worried about?
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“Nipples come in all sorts of sizes and shapes. Some people have nipples that are flat, some have nipples that stick out whether erect or not, some people have inverted nipples. If the nipples are always flat, then it’s no problem — that’s just your individual variation. But, if all of a sudden they’re sticking out for no apparent reason, then that may be something to get checked out by your care provider.”

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