Breastfeeding can as we know can come with many challenges. So imagine trying to breastfeed with large breasts and a small baby? Or large breasts with large breasts. Either one can b very difficult for some new mommies. It’s oftentimes difficult to find a comfortable position to stay in for the duration of the feeding and baby can become frustrated, and irritable if not getting that milk flow immediately.
Because experience can be helpful we asked over a dozen “well-endowed” mamas who were successful breastfeeding for advice on how they made breastfeeding with large breasts work for them.
They gave practical and actionable tips that may totally change where you are with breastfeeding, making things better.Here we go for tips to make your breastfeeding journey easier:
- You have to be really comfortable and using a big pillow and a small, rolled-up burp cloth under the boob.
- An infant neck pillow works great for cleavage support while nursing
- Lay on your back with your baby on top of you with a pillow under your arm for support
- Use a nursing pillow! It can be a game changer and you can still use it at 6 months. Some mothers found it to be the last resort before they give up breastfeeding.
- Using a big fluffy blanket. This is convenient because you can maneuver it any way you want.
- Laying down on my side is also great. It can provide good support for baby when she cannot stay on her side. Just roll up a blanket and put behind her.
- One mother informed:
“Honestly, I wear one of my regular bras and lift my breast out of the top and tuck the cup under. It holds my breast up, so once he’s latched I can have one hand free.”
8. Try the football hold or football hold, with a pillow on your side to hold up baby and pillow behind your back for support. Add pillows as you need them.
9.Side lying worked for some mothers or inverted side lying by rolling up a baby blanket and put it under your breast to help support it. As for nursing position I really liked laying in bed on my side, no stress on mommy’s shoulders or neck. Or a normal cross cradle hold with a bed pillow under baby for support.
10. Never smoosh your baby with your boobs. Try laying down on my side in bed and letting the girls lay straight out and bringing baby to my boob. Works very well . Learn the c-hold. The C-hold is one of the ways you can hold your breast while you’re latching your baby on. When you have larger breasts, the c-hold can help you to support your breast and aim your nipple toward your baby’s mouth. This breast hold may make latching on easier for your baby. (Paid link)
11. Breastfeed in front of a mirror. If it’s difficult to see your baby’s mouth and your nipple, try breastfeeding while sitting in front of or next to a mirror. The mirror can give you a better view of your breast and your baby’s latch.
12.Soften your breasts if they are hard and full of breast milk. If your breasts are engorged and overfull, use a breast pump or hand express some of your breast milk before you begin breastfeeding. This will soften your breast and make it easier for your baby to latch on.
13.Treat engorgement and overabundant supply. Talk to your healthcare provider or a lactation consultant and learn how to manage these issues so they don’t lead to more serious complications.
14. See your baby’s doctor regularly for weight checks. Since breastfeeding issues such as low breast milk supply or overabundant breast milk supply can affect large-breasted women, you should have your baby’s growth monitored by their doctor. You want to be sure that your baby is getting enough breast milk, but also that they are not gaining too much weight too quickly.Follow your child’s lead. As your baby gets older, they may be able to get more breast milk at each feeding and wait a little longer between feedings. Pay attention to your baby’s hunger cues and weight gain to prevent overfeeding.
15. Ask for help. It’s OK to be worried and have questions, and it’s OK to ask those questions and seek help. Your doctor is always a good resource and starting point when you need help, so talk to her about your concerns. A lactation consultant or a breastfeeding support group can also provide encouragement and support.
16.Be prepared. If you can, take a breastfeeding class while you’re pregnant to learn different positions and holds. When you have little knowledge and information ahead of time, it can help you feel more comfortable and confident once your baby arrives.
17. Support your breasts. Large breasts full of breast milk are heavy. A supportive nursing bra will hold up the extra weight of your breasts and help prevent back pain. Your pre-breastfeeding bras will most likely be too small, so invest in a few nursing bras in your new size. You may even benefit from a bra fitting to get the right size, fit, and support.
Can My Large Boobs Suffocate My Baby?
It can very well be a challenge to find a comfortable position where you can see your baby’s mouth and your nipple, making it harder to get the baby latched on correctly.1 It can also be awkward and uncomfortable to hold your breasts and your baby, especially if you are in pain from the delivery. Plus, you may be worried that your breasts are so big that they will block your child’s nose. You may also be afraid if it is your first child.
Many women with larger breasts worry that their breast will block their baby’s nose while breastfeeding. But don’t worry: If your baby’s nose gets blocked, they will stop breastfeeding, release the latch, open their mouth, and breathe. Even so, you may feel a little better if you try latching your baby on in an asymmetrical latch. This latch technique lifts the baby’s nose off of your breast. Breastfeeding should become easier as you continue to practice. (Paid link)
Do Largers Breasts Mean More Milk?
Many women believe that if a woman has large breasts they will produce more milk.
Your breast size does not determine the amount of milk-making tissue you have or how much breast milk you will make.1 Women with large breasts could have a healthy supply of breast milk, an overabundant milk supply, or a low supply of breast milk
Low Breast Milk Supply
Certain conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), obesity, hypothyroidism, and insulin resistance can affect production of breast milk. It’s important to have your baby monitored by a doctor to ensure that they are gaining weight and growing well.
Too Much Breast Milk
Too much breast milk supply can cause issues for both you and your baby. Too much milk can lead to breast engorgement and pain. Severe engorgement can make it very difficult for your baby to latch on.1 Your child may also gag and choke from a strong milk let-down and/or become fussy and gassy. You may consult a lactation specialist or professional to help you balance low or over production of milk. If you are tempted to formula feed, check out for professional advice before giving up. (Paid link)
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Breastfeeding with large breasts can be easy and you can do it. I hope you try some of these tips. Know that any problems you have, can be sorted out by your lactation professional for assistance. Remember the more you breastfeed, the more milk you will make. Enjoy your breastfeeding experience and ask God to help you as you try to do your best to breastfeed your baby. Consider joining our mailing list for more interesting posts.
But I have a quick question:
“What are you struggling with right now?”
Even if it’s something small. I’d love to hear more Thanks for visiting this site and all the best in your breastfeeding journey.