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.
These points are true for all mothers who breastfeed…not just ones with small breasts
- You eat well (for the extra calories needed), drink plenty of fluids and get enough rest.
- 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.
- Use natural herbs to increase breast milk supply, if necessary.
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.
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!
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