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Hello,

I breastfed my first child til she was 3 and now my second child is 3 months away from being 3 and I have decided to wean.  So I've been breastfeeding for 6 years straight and my nipples are long and floppy :(  The tips bounce on my breasts when I walk!  It was worth it to breastfeed both my children for so long but now I'm wondering....will they go back to normal?  Please tell me some good news here :)

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Welcome to Mothering!

 

Just bumping your post up to see if anyone has had this happen and can share their experience. 


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I think posts from people who are nursing "older" children get over looked a lot because not many people have been there done that yet. 

 

That said, I have nursed for 6 1/2 yrs. The last 6 yrs straight as of Sept. 9th : ). I have not had the issue you are having. Mine look like they did before. My breasts on the other hand do not : ( 

 

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Bumping your thread. I'm really interested in the responses as I only have a 20 month old, still breastfeeding, and plan to continue until she self-weans. Then the next child and the next... 

 

Hopefully someone will have had a similar experience and share.

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I'm a bit apprehensive about someone who has only 2 posts on MDC inviting descriptions of long-term nursers' nipples and breasts.

 

My apologies if I offended anyone.


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I'm a bit apprehensive about someone who has only 2 posts on MDC inviting descriptions of long-term nursers' nipples and breasts.

 

My apologies if I offended anyone.
 

Yes, I did take offense, transylvania_mom.

 

I was an avid poster 6 years ago when I became a first time mommy and depended on the mothering discussions community because they were like-minded, conscious mothers like me.  Was sad when my favorite magazine, Mothering, became out of print.  

 

I had since lost my login info and old email and started a new one.  I am looking for help on my very real issue.  Don't know why you wouldn't want to help a newbie anyway??

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I think posts from people who are nursing "older" children get over looked a lot because not many people have been there done that yet. 

 

That said, I have nursed for 6 1/2 yrs. The last 6 yrs straight as of Sept. 9th : ). I have not had the issue you are having. Mine look like they did before. My breasts on the other hand do not : ( 

 

Hope that helps some, Welcome to Mothering!

Katie,

 

Thank you so much, that is encouraging! So you stopped nursing after 6 years as of Sept 9th of 2011, correct?  How long did it take your nipples to get back to normal?

 

Also, I see that you are a senior member, maybe you can help me get my old login info and profile back?  I've tried and tried but gave up so I started a new profile and seems that because I'm a newbie, I'm getting judged and not helped by other members.  See post above.

 

Thank you!

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I am currently still nursing. Sept 9th marks 6 yrs straight. (2 kids, My oldest only nursed 6 months and that is not counted in the final count lol)

 

My nipples look like they did when I started but my breasts of course do not. I think most of that is probably due to pregnancy but who knows. I  don't have much help as far as if they will return to normal. Maybe but I doubt it : (  Seems like all they major changes from having kids are here to stay : (

 

I would contact admin on here. There is a questions area and they should be able to help you as long as you remember your email that you had on the account or something similar. 

 

MDC isn't the place it used to be I am sad to say. 

 

Good luck getting your info so you can log in under your old name. People on here are very leary of new posters because they have had lots of issues with them starting stuff and making fun of us natural mamas. Sorry it happened to you too. 


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I've only been nursing for almost 3 years total, but my nipples are way stretched out as well.  I only nursed my oldest for 8 months, but my nipples stretched out considerably.  After my oldest weaned my nipples never did go back to normal.  My breasts, however, did.  I guess it's padded bras all the way for us! lol  I used to go bra-less all the time before having kids, but now my nipples show like crazy even when it's hot out :)
 


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Hmm. Mine were flat to begin with. 14 months of nursing and I see no change. Nice to know what I have to look forward to though. 

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I'm still nursing my third child, my 2 year old.  I didn't notice any big nipple changes, but after my second son weaned (2 years of nursing) my boobs looked deflated, like a balloon several days after the party ;) when my milk had dried up.  However, with my first son, I had inverted nipples, and had to use a nipple shield for several weeks to nurse.  They stayed out after that, and didn't go back to being inverted after I weaned him at 15 month.  They currently seem bigger than they used to be, but I'm still nursing my DD, so don't know if they'll get smaller when I wean.  Just the price we pay for bseing great mothers --  Stretched out bellies and boobs, but we get unconditional love in return! :)

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Nearly four years of straight nursing with several years before this but no changes. Everyone's different. Maybe some people have skin that's more 'stretchy'. I ended up with lots of stretch marks, maybe the op did not but now has this change.

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Nursing really hasn't changed anything. But pregnancy sure did. I noticed it especially after #2 weaned and then I got pregnant again. I looked in the mirror and thought argh! there it goes again. 

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I have been nursing for 2 years and my nipples are extremely stretched out and hang. I have such strong beliefs about breastfeeding while at the same time my vanity is in question. My nipples are no longer a source for erotic anything....

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I don't know about nipples in particular, but my mother, who breastfed for nearly 10 years (big family), tells me that following weaning the last kid, her boobs looked totally deflated for almost a year. However, they recovered! There's no going back to pre-pregnant, but it sounds like for some of us at least, don't judge what the final result will be by what they look like immediately after weaning. I'm still nursing my first/only, so I can't verify firsthand that there's a genetic link :)


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I have nursed for 2 1/2 years, a 2 year break, nursed another for 7 years, and just weaned recently.  I don't know that they every go back to "normal" because that WAS a few years ago, but they do get close.  I also got the old sensitivity back (vs. the uhg, please don't touch me there feeling).  


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I nursed for about 4 yrs straight and my nipples definitely got larger and didn't go back to how they looked before I was a mom. They are not long though, and don't hang. But my breasts themselves changed from when I first weaned-- they got a little firmer after a couple of months. So maybe there's hope that your nipples will recover, too.


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Welcome Back!!

I had a girlfriend that nursed for a long time, and she said that after about 6 months of not nursing, her boobs were a lot more firm and the excess skin started to tighten up. 

 

Also, this is something I always look at when Im feeling kind of down about my body because of birth/nursing:

http://theshapeofamother.com/


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Thanks everyone for all your input! From what I gather, if your nipples were small to begin with, you won't have a problem.  Mine were already longer than average, and now 6 years post breastfeeding they are TOO long and hanging.  :(

 

Also, my breasts were AA cup to begin with and now they are a flat A :(  Does anyone have experience with herbs for breast enhancement?

 

I know this is really all about vanity at this point but now that I have my body back I would like to somewhat enjoy what I have! :)

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I remember when my first baby weaned, I became completely flat. Although this was 12 years ago, I very clearly remember being afraid I'd never have breasts again. They did fill back in, however. I don't remember how long it took, I had started pregnancy underweight and lost (too) rapidly afterward, but I do know that at about a year I had my breasts back. No enhancement herbs, although I considered them. I can't remember the name of the pills I looked at though.

 

I'm going on 2 years with my second child, and feeling a bit stretched out myself.


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Don't feel bad for feeling "vain" about your body. It's difficult to go through the many changes we do as mothers! If I were you, I'd wait and see what my boobs looked like several months post-weaning and go from there. I will admit that I was a little shocked and worried about my breasts' deflated shape, but they definitely changed with time for the better. Not sure about supplements. Maybe someone else will know.


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