From pregnancy, through breastfeeding, to after weaning, our experts explain how your breasts change — plus we give you tips on caring for them along the way. Read on to find out what to expect as you journey through the trimesters, breastfeed your baby, and eventually wean her. Surging hormones and a shift in breast structure mean your nipples and breasts may feel sensitive and tender from as early as three or four weeks.
During pregnancy most women experience an increase in their breast size. Whilst breastfeeding the change can be even more pronounced and depending on milk supply and feeding patterns, regular change is to be expected. The breast goes through significant change during both pregnancy and nursing. The increase and associated change will cause the skin to stretch and contract, putting a fair degree of stress on the skin to adapt based on breast mass.