When I went to the doctor for my annual physical, he described my breasts as “pendulous.” I know I’ve had a lot of children and maybe I’m a little saggy, but “pendulous”?! Should I be offended?
Drooping with Despair in Delaware
At our age, pretty much everything has given in to gravity, unless you’re wealthy enough for multiple lifts! But don’t waste your time being offended. Consider your swinging breasts a metaphor for your glorious, hip, swinging self! Celebrate yourself! Swing those babies! And, at your next appointment, knock the doctor in the head with the right one!
I used to have feeling in my breasts, but since the birth of our last child, I haven’t been able to feel anything, no matter what. At first I thought it was just something temporary—and that feeling would return over time. But, after fifteen years, I’m worried.
Numb in Nantucket
It took you 15 years to write this letter? How many kids did you say you have? Since you obviously have more than one, and you probably breastfed each one for a while, I’d say don’t be worried. Join the other aging La Leche League members walking around with a pair of leather tassels dangling in front. Your numb nipples are a badge of honor. Repeat after me: I did it for their immune systems and their jaw development!
I wear a size 44 DD, and, over time, I have developed deep, painful ridges in my shoulders. Any suggestions?
Hurting in Hannover
Have you considered boob reduction? Only kidding. I have a friend who shares your problem, and she has found that cutting out the really ugly shoulder pads from jackets—the ones made to make you look like a quarterback for the Giants—and placing them under the straps, can help relieve the pressure. Either that or go braless. (Imagine the potential for embarrassing any teenaged children/nephews/nieces you might have!)
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