– Breasts are fundamental to human life on many levels. Female breasts are often noted to be integral to self-image, are a source of sexual attraction for many people and provide comfort and nutrition for newborn infants.
Breast tissue changes throughout the female life continuum. Before menopause, women have a higher ratio of glandular tissue to fat tissue, while glandular tissue is replaced by fat tissue after menopause. Breasts also change during pregnancy as the milk ducts grow in preparation for breastfeeding. Many women also notice their breasts become larger and more tender during pregnancy. After giving birth and breastfeeding, breasts shrink in size and some women notice they’ve changed in shape. With all of the breast changes occurring over the course of a lifetime, it’s important to know what’s normal and what’s not in order to make sure that you can support breast health throughout all of the changes in your life. READ MORE ABOUT BREAST HEALTH »