This refers to the fullest part of your breasts. Usually the fullest part is across the nipples when wearing a well-fitting bra.
Your breast tissue is the soft flesh that surrounds your nipples and extends to your armpits. When putting on your bra ensure all the soft tissue is inside your cups.
The line between your breasts is cleavage. Busty women can get lots of natural cleavage and that's fine. You just need to ensure that the centre of your bra (the gore) lies flat against your body. Cleavage is nothing to be ashamed of so it's up to you how much you want to show or conceal.
Milk is carried to the nipple via the milk ducts. They're clever little things because they natually plug when you're not breastfeeding. Ducts can get infected so wearing the right bra is especially important when breast feeding.
Your breasts elasticity lies entirely in your skin. Some chest muscles and breast ligaments help keep your breast up but your skin does the bulk of the work at keeping your boobs 'perky'. Be kind to them and use a chemical-free oil or cream to maintain the skin's elasticity.
Fibrocystic Breast Disease
Non-cancerous lumps form in the breast and are linked to changes in hormone levels. They're uncomfortable but not a threat to your health.
Unlike your height, breasts can carry on growing well into your 20s. Many girls and young women experience a growth spurt where breasts can increase several cup size in a matter of weeks. This is not harmful but using a chemical free oil or cream on the skin can lessen stretch marks.
Some women have dense breast tissue (lots of cells in a tight space) which means their breasts weigh more. Wide straps and supportive cups are essential for women with heavy breasts.
If the nipple retracts into the breast rather than protruding out, it is inverted. There is nothing wrong with this and does not prevent breast-feeding (although some mothers can experience more discomfort initially).
Large breasts have always (and I think will always) attract snide and unkind comments. This always stems from either ignorance or jealousy. You are unique, beautiful and undefined by petty minds.
Knowing how to support and care for your breasts is physically and emotionally empowering. Wear the right bras, eat well and get to know your boobs so you can notice any changes in their shape and size. Knowledge is boob power xx
The ligaments that move and stretch in your breasts are called Cooper's Ligaments. If overstretched these will not recover so make sure you wear a sports bra when working out.
This refers to an inflamation of the breast tissue that can be very painful. Mastitis can occur in both nursing and non nursing women. Only about 15% of cases are caused by infection, the majority is caused by a block duct or cell. Wearing non-wired, well-fitting bras when nursing can reduce the risk of mastitis.
In the majority of cases nipple discharge is nothing to worry about and is caused by irritation (clothing, detergent etc). It's important to seek medical attention though in case it is a sympton of something else.
I'm a big believer in using chemical free oils on my skin. It keeps my breast tissue supple and reduces stretch marks. Almond oil is great for skin.
This is the medical terms for sagging or drooping of the breast. This is natural over time and mostly determined by your genes. Wearing supportive bras can slow down the effects of gravity!
The dreaded quadraboob! Four breasts is never a good look on a woman and is a clear message from your boobs that they're in the wrong bra. You need a larger cup and possibly a smaller band.
The most common breast rashes are caused by trapped moisture. Wearing the wrong bra can make you sweat as the bra moves against your skin. Wearing breathable materials like cotton and microfibers can eliminate rashes for some women. Always check with your doctors if a rash persists.
There are lots of opinions on whether self examination is important. I think knowing your breasts is always a good idea. Lie down and using the centre part of your 3 middle fingers move your hand in ever increasing circles out from your nipple. Boobs are lumpy so don't be afraid. Knowing which lumps are you and any that are new is a good thing.
Teen Breast Health
We have a responsibility to our teens to teach them good breast health. This means knowing how a correctly fitting bra should look and feel and teaching them it's good to get to know their breasts. Self-esteem is a crucial part of breat health - let your teen daughters know they are beautiful exactly as they are.
Most women have one breast bigger than the other or higher than the other. This is perfectly normal. If you have a difference of a whole cup or more then look for bras with stretch lace cups or use cup inserts to level out the size. Molded bras are good at giving an even appearance, just be sure to give your smallest breast enough support.
Some women have very full, pillowy breasts. Breasts with a lot of volume at the top benefit from being in a bra with a fine top edge that doesn' create a hard line across the breast tissue. Balconette bras are also good for volumous breasts.
If your boobs sit wider on your body then they are wide-set breasts. The shape of bra you choose will make a big difference to your comfort. Consider plunge bras, bras with inside slings and bras with wide centre gores.
This is a condition after breast implant surgery where the implant breaks through the skin tissue. Seek immediate medical attention.
Good breast health is part of keeping your whole body well. Yoga is an excellent exercise for busty women as it's low impact and improves bloodflow to the chest.
Get some sleep, your boobs will thank you. Sleep is restorative for all tissue in your body, including your boobs so aim to get between 5 and 9 hours every day.