Originally Posted by not now
I just thought about something while in the shower regarding the strong ligament statement. Basically, it's not true.
Tendons and ligaments are the same thing, one connects bone to bone the other, bone to muscle. When you add resistance (i.e. the weight of unsupported breasts over time) to those ligaments they stretch to some degree. Think about it: stretching before exercise, yoga, pilates, all these will make you more limber the longer you do them. When you first start it hurts to attempt to touch your toes but after adding resistance you can stick your head between your knees. So, resistance to tendons and ligaments = longer and stretchier not shorter and stronger.
When a tendon/ligament is not used is when it gets shorter and tighter. I saw this first hand when I used to work long term care and even at my current job. When someone loses function/movement from something like head trauma, vegetative state or the degenerative process of aging they are at high risk for contractures (sp?). The classic example is foot drop. Someone who is bed/chair ridden doesn't walk and doesn't utilize the tendons in the foot. When laying in bed the foot naturally planter flexes causing the Achilles tendon to shorten. If the foot is rarely dorsiflexed the tendon doesn't get the "work out" it needs so it shortens permanently and that person can no longer stand flat footed. The foot has "dropped" permanently.
Thank you for your comment, not now. It motivated me to check out ligaments more closely.
So as far as I understand, ligaments when stretched can become not only longer but more flexible/elastic? So the ligaments of a breast under normal stress (not running, just day to day bouncing) would not necessarily "stretch out" to a great degree, rather might become more used to stretching and contracting throughout the day? Basically a flexibility thing. Of course, with increased strain on the breasts, like the sudden changes of pregnancy and breastfeeding, or jogging, or extremely large breasts, the ligaments might overstretch and cause pain/sagging.
At least this is what I gather... Correct me if I got the wrong idea. Personally I'd rather have saggy, flexible breasts with healthy ligaments than breasts with stiff, short ligaments.
Originally Posted by MayBaby2007
Because of that I might not start dd on bras at all when she's older--just a tank under her shirts. We'll see.
That is so cool to hear. When I was starting to get breasts my mom forced me to start wearing bras even though I found them terribly uncomfortable. I wish she had thought of the tank solution.
Though who knows, maybe your daughter will want to wear bras because they are a symbol of womanhood and femininity... I certainly went through that stage too once I was old enough to buy lacy, sexy bras
Originally Posted by lovebug
interesting! all i know is something has to be up with wearing a bra! when i get home from work my boobs hurt so bad! all i can think about is getting that darn thing off!
That is what motivated me to stop in the first place.
BTW here is another interesting breast website I found: 007 Breasts
. I don't think it's as scientifically based as brafree but it looks fascinating anyway. It also deals with social issues and attitudes around breasts and breastfeeding.