Breastfeeding with Small Breasts

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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 women 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.

The anatomy of the lactating breast and how breast milk production works.

Under Normal Circumstances 

You will make enough Breast Milk if…

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.
  • 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 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. 
  • Try breast massage for increased milk production and healthy lymph drainage. Mothers who struggle with the flow of milk can use breast compression during feedings. 
  • Use natural herbs to increase breast milk supply, if necessary.

Breastfeeding with Small Breasts

Is Baby Getting Enough Breast Milk?

How do you know if your baby is drinking enough?

Wondering if your baby is drinking enough while breastfeeding? 

Hang in there, as your baby becomes 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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