Breastfeeding with Small Breasts
Small Breasts and Breastfeeding…
Size has absolutely nothing to do with the ability to breastfeed!
No matter what the size or shape of your breasts, the ability to produce
breast milk lies in the presence of breast tissue.
Women with large breasts, often have
the same amount of breast tissue “milk producing cells” as smaller
breasted women. What makes their breasts so much larger you ask? FAT. (This is not always the case though, some women do have more breast tissue than others)
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Even the flattest chested woman can breastfeed. Also, remember
that a woman’s breasts will mature and grow during pregnancy; you only
know your true bra size after having your first baby.
Overall, women with smaller breasts usually find latching on and positioning a lot easier than women with large breasts.
The only thing that may make a difference, is that a small breasted woman
may have a lower storage capacity, which means that she may need to
breastfeed more often than a larger breasted mother.
Breastfeeding on demand
will be especially important, as to make sure that the baby (of a smaller breasted mom) is drinking enough during the day.
Read more on the
anatomy of the lactating breast
how breast milk production works
You Will Make Enough Breast Milk If…
These points are true for all mothers who breastfeed…not just ones with small breasts
(for the extra calories needed), drink plenty of fluids and get enough rest.
- Breastfeed as often as possible and if you find that your milk supply is a little low, you can pump in-between feedings. Breastfeed on demand and with skin to skin contact.
- Relax while breastfeeding: Stress can actually decrease let down and milk supply.
- Do not give your baby any other fluids to drink, let him/her breastfeed
exclusively; this will ensure that you have enough milk. When is supplementation necessary? Read more here.
for increased milk production, and healthy lymph drainage. Mothers who struggle with the flow of milk, can use breast compression during feedings.
to increase breast milk supply, if necessary.
Breastfeeding with Small Breasts
Is Baby Getting Enough Breast Milk?
How do you know if Baby is drinking enough?
- Baby should be nursed at least eight times per 24 hours.
- Baby is continuing to gain weight. Weight guidelines per age.
- Baby seems happy most of the time.
- Baby is producing sufficient stool and urine output according to age.
Read more guidelines, about how to know if your baby is drinking enough milk.
Hang in there, as your baby becomes more confident and increases in skill, breastfeeding becomes easier.
It’s really worth it in the long run!
Breastfeeding with tubular hypoplastic breasts
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