5 Interesting Facts about your Breast Friends

Whether you love your boobs or wish for someone else’s, here are a few secrets that might change the relationship between you and your girls for the better.

1. They change size
In the last 15 years, the average bust size has increased from 34B to 36C. It’s still unclear if this change is a result of breast augmentation surgeries or due to an increased rate of obesity. As waistlines change, so can your bra size. However, if you swear your boobies feel and look larger from time to time, you aren’t crazy. During certain points in your menstrual cycle they grow in volume, thanks to fluctuating hormone levels. Your dynamic duos will be at their smallest size five to seven days after your period, when estrogen and progesterone levels are low. If you are in the market for new bras and unsure of your size, have a professional bra fitter measure you a week after your period for an accurate size.

2. They might prefer decaf
Your daily (our hourly) cup of Joe could be impacting your breast health. If the girls feel extremely sore or heavy after drinking your cappuccino, talk to your doctor. Fibrocystic breast is a benign condition that can be extremely painful and makes your breast feel lumpy and tender. Your doctor might recommend ditching caffeine for several weeks and journaling your symptoms. If switching to decaf doesn’t do the trick, your doctor will take the necessary measures to get you diagnosed and treated.

3. They enjoy facing up
You might want to reconsider your favorite sleep positions. Did you know that snoozing on your stomach or side may alter the shape of your boobs over time? Pressing your chest against a firm mattress for hours prevents perky breasts. If you are a side-sleeper, your ta-tas might appear saggy because they hang down your side, stretching its ligaments. Catching Zs on your back is not only beneficial to your breasts, but this position also prevents neck and back pain, decreases acid reflux and reduces wrinkles!

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4. They love babies…
Breastfeeding rates continue to rise according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Opting for a boob instead of a bottle will encourage bonding between you and your baby, and has shown to protect your little one from some illnesses. Other upsides of nursing – it triggers the feel-good hormone oxytocin, burns calories and saves you money! Oddly enough, almost 75% of nursing moms produce more milk in the right breast, which has nothing to do with being a righty.

5. …But not smoking
As if you need one more reason to kick the cigarette habit, smoking causes saggy boobs. When you smoke, the body breaks down the protein that helps support the breasts, and as a result, they won’t appear perky and supple. In addition to bumming out your boobies, smoking is also dangerous to your health and causes premature aging. According to the American Cancer Society, smoking may increase the risk of breast cancer, especially in women who start smoking prior to having their first baby.