Yesterday, my good friend Lara, from MamaPear Designs and I were tweeting and the conversation moved towards boobs, which it often does when the two of us get going! I told her that I did not get any "Push Presents" when the kids were born because Natural Urban Dad is saving up for my post-breastfeeding career boob job. Here is what she had to say.
And then the two of us got curious and pretty much simultaneously posted status updates on Twitter and Facebook asking everyone what their thoughts were on this topic. The responses where surprising and extremely candid. Some women want a lift, some want a reduction, some want implants and some just want all of us Mamas to accept the bodies we have and leave well enough alone.
Personally, here are my thoughts.
I have been breastfeeding for 4 years, 4 months and 27 days (or as like to look at it 1,609 DAYS STRAIGHT!!). And for reals people, THAT amount of engorgement, suckling, pumping, nursing, latching, 5 minutes here, an hour there, a few bites thrown in for good measure and all the good, the bad and the ugly of breastfeeding, makes for some seriously sorry-looking ta-tas on this mama!
Now don't get me wrong, I can make them look good in a nice bra and I have graduated to non-nursing bras now, but I would really like to step out of the shower one day and not have to raise my arms above my head to have my boobs where I WANT them to be. I really don't think that is too much to ask.
AND, I am constantly telling my kids to pick up after themselves and put their toys and clothes back where they belong. Is it wrong to just want MY things to be put back where they belong?
Now, now, I can just hear some of you saying, but Natasha, they are where they belong. They are your big saggy badges of motherhood and you should be proud of them. I AM proud of what I have done with them. I have nourished and nurtured and comforted my children with them for over four years. And these puppies have done a bang up job at it too and I would not trade all of those days of breastfeeding for anything.
But I have other badges of motherhood and at my age, I feel like if I let things get too saggy and baggy, they will end up staying that way forever! So, when L and I are done our breastfeeding (and we are totally on a child-led weaning schedule, so this is no time soon!) and Natural Urban Dad and I have finally decided whether or not we are finished having babies, then I will make an appointment with a highly recommended plastic surgeon and get the ball rolling on operation "Put Things Back Where They Belong!"
In the meantime, if you are thinking about breast augmentation at all, YES, there is an APP for that!!
Check out what I found in the App Store today. The iAugment app lets you take a picture of your girls (clothed or not) and then you can choose the size (amount of augmentation) you want and you can visual what your new set will look like!! Shake the phone to start over and try a different pair on for size (literally)!!
Until I am done with breastfeeding though, I will just have to be happy with some really great bras and don't be surprised if you see me walking around with my arms up over my head! I may be Crunchy people, but do remember the Lipstick part of it too and know that I am a tad vain that way! And I totally accept that part of myself!
What about you? Any plans to enhance, lift, reduce or otherwise 'clean-up' after you are done breastfeeding and having kids?