How to make your boobs look smaller
How To Make Your Boobs Smaller

How To Make Your Boobs Smaller

Dana Donofree
5 min read

How To Make Your Boobs Smaller

Whether you’re a DD or a C, you may have thought about what everyday life would be like with boobs that are just a bit smaller. If this sounds like you, we’ve got a guide for you. Read on to discover what affects your breast size and natural ways to reduce them.

What Affects Your Natural Breast Size?

There are many different factors that can affect the size of your breasts. A few of them include: 

  • Genetics.  If your mom, sister, or grandma have larger breasts, chances are you do, too. This doesn’t mean that your breasts will be the exact size as your relatives, but genetics do play a factor in their size.
  • Body fat percentage.  Your weight and body mass index (BMI) can impact how large your breasts are, as breasts are at least partially made up of fat.
  • Age.  It’s likely that your breasts aren’t the same size now as they were in junior high. Hormonal changes as you get older can impact your breast size and shape.
  • Medication.  Certain medications like hormonal birth control can affect the size of your breasts.
  • Menstrual cycle.  If you notice that your breasts are a little larger (and maybe a little tender) right before your period, don’t worry: It’s normal. Nearly a week before your period, your progesterone level peaks, which causes your milk glands to grow. This  contributes to larger-looking breasts during your period.
  • Breastfeeding.  If you breastfeed after giving birth, chances are your breasts will stay on the larger side due to the large milk supply. Once you start weaning your child off of breastfeeding, your breasts will start to feel less full and begin to return to a size closer to what they were pre-pregnancy.
  • Pregnancy.  Pregnancy can greatly impact the size of your breasts, thanks to the increase of progesterone and milk development. More than likely, six to seven months into your pregnancy, you’ll notice  your breasts have increased by several cup sizes.
  • Workout routine.  If you recently started lifting weights, you might see a difference in your breasts. Although your breasts didn’t actually get bigger, working your pectoral muscles can make your breasts appear perkier. 

5 Natural Ways To Reduce Your Breast Size

If you want to reduce your breast size but don’t want to go the surgical route, we have you covered. Here are a few tips on how you can reduce your breast size naturally. 

1. Live An Active Lifestyle

By incorporating a healthy diet and exercise into your lifestyle, not only can impact the size of your breasts, but it can immensely improve your overall well-being. This doesn’t mean you need to train for a marathon or only eat salad, but making better choices may shed some pounds that come off your boobs. Simple activities such as going for a daily walk, hitting the gym a few times a week, or making meals at home are great first steps to take.

2. Consider Strength Training

If you want to see some breast reduction all while getting a little perk, strength training is the way to go. Not only will strength training add some muscle, but it can also tone up your body and burn fat. 

To target your pectoral muscles, some exercises to try include the bench press, chest flies, and shoulder press. These are compound movements that will add muscle beneath your breasts to give them a perkier appearance. And if you have any questions, talk to a personal trainer who can give you some pointers to help you reach your goals.

3. Try Swimming

Swimming is an effective workout for you to try if lifting weights isn’t your thing. Swimming not only is an excellent cardiovascular exercise to get your heart rate pumping, but it also works your pectoral muscles and tones up your upper body, which can alter your breasts’ appearance. The breaststroke and butterfly stroke in particular really work your pectoral muscles, which could also give you a little lift and shape your breasts. 

4. Incorporate Push-Ups Into Your Daily Routine 

A quick workout that you can do right on your living room floor is push-ups. They’re great for toning up arms and your chest, giving you a full, lifted appearance - all without going to the gym. To make it more fun, give yourself a challenge each week to complete a certain amount. Start at 10 a day, and slowly work your way up as time progresses. Within a matter of months, you’ll see a difference in upper body definition. 

5. Consider Switching To Non-Hormonal Birth Control

If you’re exploring birth control options, you might want to weigh your options between hormonal and non-hormonal varieties. While both types are effective at preventing pregnancy, they can produce different side effects. When you take hormonal birth control, you’re essentially adding more hormones to your body, which can affect your weight and breast size. While this usually only occurs within the first few months of use, this is something to look out for. If you’re interested in beginning a non-hormonal option, speak with your doctor first to see which form they recommend for you. 

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What To Avoid If You Want To Reduce Your Breasts’ Appearance

  • Avoid satin, velvet, and chunky knits.  These materials all do a great job accentuating your breasts – not what you want if you’re reading this guide. Instead of opting for these materials, choose something a little more lightweight, breathable and stretchy, such as cashmere or cotton.
  • Avoid cowl necks.  Any shirt that accentuates your chest area makes your breasts appear larger.
  • Avoid ruffles and frilly tops.  Any accentuation simply makes your boobs look bigger, drawing eyes upward while adding volumes of material. If you’re looking for a fun top to wear, opt for a fitted blouse or dark patterned top.
  • Avoid sequins.  Not only can sequins be itchy, they really aren’t doing any good for your breasts other than highlighting them.
  • Avoid long necklaces.  Long necklaces tend to bend with the way your body curves, so if you’re a DD, it’s likely your long necklace will pour off like a waterfall, rather than lay elegantly against your body. Instead, opt for a fitted shorter necklace that hits closer to your collarbone.
  • Avoid tight button-up blouses.  A shirt that buttons in the front is nearly impossible to wear if you have bigger breasts. Not only will there be gaps between each button if you have larger breasts, but they also can be quite uncomfortable. 
AnaOno: The Perfect Fit 

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Dana Donofree
Dana Donofree

Founder and CEO of AnaOno. After a diagnosis of breast cancer in her late 20’s, Dana took her own lived experience and fashion design background and (re)designed intimates for those that have undergone breast surgery. Dana’s story has been published around the world in outlets like New York Times, BBC, Huffington Post, The Today Show, and more.