Having large breasts and/or nipples, can cause frustration. Some moms with extra large breasts, might experience bleeding, blistering and mastitis.
Here are some breastfeeding tips and tricks for those fuller breasted moms…
- Make sure you are positioned and attached properly. If a baby is not latched on correctly, a mom might suffer from engorgement, sore nipples, and if not treated, mastitis. Ensure that your baby has the whole nipple and a large portion of the areola in his/her mouth.
- As a mother with large breasts, you might find it easier lying down while breastfeeding, lying on your side with your arm and hand supporting your baby’s neck and back.
- The football hold position, as shown in the picture, has been used successfully by moms with bigger breasts. Baby is held under your arm.
- Get a lactation consultant to help you with the first few latches.
- A rolled towel underneath the breast, can support it and keep it up, when you are sitting while breastfeeding.
- Support your breast with your hand, by forming a C hold. With the palm of your hand under your breast and your thumb on top. Make sure that your fingers are not touching your areola.
- Gently massage your breasts before and during breastfeeding, this will ensure that all milk ducts are drained; this will minimize breastfeeding lumps, which most larger breasted women struggle with.
- When using a pump, make sure that the flanges fit properly. Most pumps are not sold with a larger flange. Medela makes a PersonalFit flange kit that comes with two special size flanges for larger breasts.
Not necessarily, irrespective of breast size, what really counts for breast production is the amount of mammary glands present. Some women may have large breasts, but the breasts may contain more fat than breast tissue.
A larger breasted woman, with a large volume of breast tissue, will have a larger storage capacity, which means that she would be able to feed her baby more milk at one time, but this does not mean that she produces more milk. Therefore, moms with smaller breasts would need to nurse more often as a baby empties the breast quicker.
If you do have a problem with oversupply, you can read more on how to deal with this here.
- Moms with large breasts might have flat nipples caused by the weight of the breast.
- Moms might feel extra self conscious when trying to breastfeed in public areas.
With perseverance and practice, there is no reason why a fuller breasted mom cannot breastfeed and enjoy it too. Just hang in there, it gets easier as a baby gets older and stronger.
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