Breast Breakthroughs

Breastlight Screening Device
A new handheld device provides women with an extra dimension in breast self-examinations. The Breastlight works by shining a bright but harmless red light through breast tissue, so you can see changes in your breasts, such as a mass, but it is not a replacement for mammograms.

High-Tech Bra

Nikki demonstrates a new bra by Natori that cuts her bouncing motion in half and cuts the side-to-side motion by 80 percent. Nikki says she can feel the difference.

"Get to know your breasts. It's not meant to take the place of going to see your doctor every year," says plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon.

High-Tech Sports Bra

Nikki, who is naturally well-endowed, asks The Doctors, "My breasts get sore when I exercise. Is there anything I can do?"

The average woman is a 36C. During movement, breasts swing in a figure eight motion. All that movement can stretch out your ligaments and destroy supportive breast tissue. The Natori sports bra is built to eliminate 50 percent of the bounce from traditional sports bras.


Experts estimate that more than 85 percent of women are wearing the wrong size bra. Your breasts change throughout your life, so you should get measured every six months.

Natori Bra fitting specialist Carly Gomez demonstrates a proper bra fitting with audience member Jaimie. See how to find the proper fit for you!

Everyone in the audience receives a Natori sports bra, courtesy of Natori and Nordstrom.

Breastfeeding Techniques

Many women experience difficulty when learning to breastfeed. Sore nipples and improper latching are just a few of the problems. New mom Jenna says breastfeeding her son was painful and frustrating, so she started using nipple shields, which helped, but now she can't wean her son off of them.

Breast specialist Dr. Kristi Funk took Jenna to The Pump Station and Nurtury, a new mother's breastfeeding resource center, to learn the Dos and Don'ts of breastfeeding.

Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says there are many benefits of breast milk: It improves IQ, boosts the immune system and even promotes healthy teeth. It lowers the risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, asthma, allergies, pneumonia, respiratory infections and ear infections. The benefits to mom are increased bonding with the child and burning up to 500 calories a day.

Dr. Lisa clarifies that breastfeeding doesn't cause breasts to sag; pregnancy does. "And something can be done about that," Dr. Ordon says with a smile.

Dr. Funk gives you more breastfeeding tips.

Jenna says after learning tips from The Pump Station, her son was able to latch on right away but weaning him off the shields will probably take some time. The Doctors give Jenna a Medela gift basket to help her along the way. Plus, pregnant mothers in the studio audience receive a Medela nursing camisole!

Breast Breakthrough

The HALO breast pap test is a new lifesaving test that every woman needs to know about. It's a five-minute, non-invasive screening test for breast cancer. It is not a replacement for a mammogram, but it is a good tool, especially for younger women with a family history of breast cancer.

The HALO breast pap test collects nipple aspirate fluid -- if there is any -- and then the cells are tested to see if they are normal or abnormal. Abnormal cells don't mean you have cancer, but that you are a higher risk for cancer, and it's something that your doctor can address.

A Message from Soap Star Crystal Hunt

See Crystal's encouraging message about the HALO test.

Crystal Hunt from ABC's One Life to Live has a family history of breast cancer. Although she's only 24, she doesn't want to wait until she's older to get tested. She tries out the HALO test.

See Crystal's HALO test with OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson and her results!

Dr. Funk's mammogram tip: When you get a mammogram, have it performed one week after your period and take Ibuprofen 30 minutes beforehand.

Breast Reduction

Janine is a 38DD and is considering a breast reduction surgery. She wants to know if she would be a good candidate and what the right size would be for her body.

Dr. Ordon says the size is a personal choice, but he would estimate Janine being comfortable as a C cup. He explains how a breast reduction is performed.

In most cases, women can still breastfeed after breast enlargement and reduction surgeries.


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OAD 09/11/09