Dr Öncel Yakar’s comments
Breast development covers a long period that begins in the womb and is completed with breastfeeding. Nipple and milk ducts begin to form in the 6th week of the intra-uterine period. In adolescence, with the effect of estrogen hormone released from the ovaries, fat accumulation begins and the breasts enlarge. With the menstrual period, milk glands appear at the end of the milk ducts. This development rate follows a different process in each individual. Breast development is completed with pregnancy and lactation. Breast development in non-breastfeeding women is deemed incomplete. By entering the peri-menopausal period as of the early fifties, loss of elasticity and sagging occurs in the breast tissue due to the changes in estrogen and progesterone hormones. Each woman should be acquainted with breast self-examination to detect any pathologies during these life-long changes.