Breastfeeding with big breast

Amanda - posted on 10/06/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I know I've asked this question before but I'm closer and more nervous Most people say breast feeding with big breast is a + rather than a - I'm just wondering how can I hold my huge boob(with 2 hands) and hold my baby to nurse?? It just seems impossible anybody know where I can actually view a video of a breastfeeding mom and baby with big breast?? I think at the moment I'm a 38H

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Monica - posted on 10/07/2009

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I had a problem at first since, i have big breast. but if you lay downsides and nurse your baby you will be fine.

Louise - posted on 10/08/2009

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its ok, it just takes a little time to get the right position. i am 38e an i have had no probs, my lil girl is near on 8mns and im still goin. the only challange i have had is when your in public coverin up but i have learned double up on layers an pay that lil bit more for a nursin bra. i worried about it trust me but i look back now an giggle i made such a fuss about nothing. you will be fine just take your time get someones help and youll be away.

best of luck hun hope it goes well xx

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Kiehrstin - posted on 10/08/2009

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I didnt notice anyone mention talking to your local La Leche League! That was my saving grace! My baby is now 9 months and still nurses all the time proudley! The biggest problem is getting that latch down, bc my breast looked like balloons when my milk came in and there was nothing to grasp! But the slit squeezing helps!! Just rember the first two weeks seem like years and you might cry alot, but stick it out and then it will be a distant memory and you and your baby will be the better for it!

Charity - posted on 10/08/2009

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Rolling up a towel or a receiving blanket and placing it under your breast like a little shelf is helpful in getting it into a good position. Some women have also found that wearing a nursing bra while nursing gives just a little more support.

Stina - posted on 10/08/2009

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LOL When my kids were first born it did look like they were overwhelmed by boob but we got it.



Football hold does really help when you are first getting the hang of it. Don't worry about holdin or lifting your breast to your baby- instead, line her up to your nipple wherever it may be. For a football hold nursing on your right side, your left hand will hold behind your areola. It really helps to flatten your nipple as your baby latches on so she can get as much as possible in her mouth. A lactaion consultand at the hospital can help a lot.

Amanda - posted on 10/08/2009

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ok so i have big breast alos and over top of that my baby was only 4lbs at birth and i am breast feeding him.. a lactation consultant is awesome to have.. but i like the football hold b/c u can see their face while they are eating .. also when u are out in public its kind of hard b/c u are big but they make these wraps ucan use and that is what i do.. do stress over it b/c that can make your milk supply get low.. just take it one day at a time.. hope this helps!

Tanya - posted on 10/07/2009

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My baby"s head looked like a golf ball compared to my breast. I got a feeding pillow and that helped hold her in place so she could eat. Then I found that laying on my side was a heck of a lot easier. try all the positions and find the one your most comfortable with. babies can feel when mommy's uncomfortable they will feed better when your happy. Good Luck!!!

Tarah - posted on 10/07/2009

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I have massive bombs and I find it really easy to bf.. I do not like the cradle position because I feel Joana's latch is not as strong but love the football hold and lying down

Melissa - posted on 10/07/2009

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I suggest checking http://www.kellymom.com/ for more specific suggestions on this topic. It was such a great resource for me when I was starting to b-feed my boy. It's hard at first, but with practice it becomes second nature. Congrats!

Hannah - posted on 10/07/2009

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I'm a 38H also and have been breastfeeding my 1 month old newborn since birth. The best thing I can recommend is a nursing pillow! The Boppy works well but the "My Breast Friend" nursing pillow is the BEST! I found a used one on Craig's List and my friend found one at a "Once Upon A Child" consignment baby store. We just washed the cover and it's as good as new and saves money.

The nursing pillow will help you significantly, large breasts or not, hold and position your baby to nurse. This will help free up your hands. Although I was able to use the nursing pillow to support my daughter, I still kept one arm behind her back so she didn't roll off or move too much. I used my other hand then to hold my breast and insert my nipple into her mouth to get her to latch on. The first few days I still had to hold my breast to keep it steady in her mouth. Soon afterwards, though, I didn't have to hold it anymore once she was latched on. Once the nipple is in her mouth, the rest of my breast can just slop around and really it kind of "sits" on the nursing pillow. Even without a nursing pillow, if I let go of my breast, it's not going to pull the nipple out of her mouth if I'm holding her at the right height, level with my nipple. So when I don't use the nursing pillow, I hold her up with one arm, use the other hand to guide my breast/nipple into her mouth, and then I transition and slide that arm under her so her head is in the crook of my arm and my other hand (the one that first held her up) is free.

If you message me, I'll try to take a video nursing my baby and e-mail it to you.

It's really easy and I don't think any more difficult than if you had small breasts.

Amy - posted on 10/07/2009

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I also have big breast and have nursed 3 children. I did have a milk supply issue which I have read is quite common with us bigger breast woman. But I did take some herbs and it helped. I too found that the football hold worked the best, but try all the positions and see what is best for you. I do suggest learning to nurse laying down. My midwive showed me while laying on my side and by putting a baby blanket under my breast, it was a life safer! Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 10/07/2009

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At maternity clothing stores (I've done a lot of shopping at Motherhood Maternity), you can also find tops (the nice, tight, stretchy tank tops with some support added in) that have two layers - one that covers all of you except the nipple and areola, and then another on top of that that covers the bust area entirely. This way, you're supported and not exposed, until you're ready to nurse. Then, you simply lift up the top panel to nurse. I suppose this wouldn't be enough to support you all day long, but if you're really having trouble, you could always put it on to nurse, and wouldn't have to worry about supporting your breast as much. Here's an example: http://www.destinationmaternity.com/Prod... They have black, brown, and also a gray with thicker straps and some t-shirts that appear to have the same feature. I'm not to the point of trying it yet, but I would imagine this would work!

A nursing sleep bra like this one: http://www.destinationmaternity.com/Prod... might work well when you're home and able to change to feed, too. I have that same one, and it's easy to expose the necessary part of the breast which keeping the rest somewhat supported. I'm only a 32E-F, and my baby isn't here just yet - I'm just judging by the reading I've done so far and the products I've picked up. Hopefully it gives some ideas! Women of all sizes were nursing successfully long before formula existed, so I'm sure you'll do awesome!

Carla - posted on 10/07/2009

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try a rolled up tea towel under your breat for a better position or a boppy/widgey cushion to hold the baby in a good position. Theres also breast cushions available to buy which may be a better option for going out and about.

Debbie - posted on 10/06/2009

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I am a 40G and I used to roll up a receiving blanket and place it under my breast to hold it up while my DD nursed. Now she is 14 months and holds it up for herself. Dr Jack Newmans website has some great videos of nursing. www.drjacknewman.com

Charlotte - posted on 10/06/2009

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I am a 34g but don't seem to have much problem b/feeding. I have read that it may help to put a rolled up sock under your breast to support it whilst feeding. The hospital may have someone to help you find the best position for you and baby. I had the b/feeding consultant come and see me at least 5 times before i left hospital!! Good luck, i'm sure you will do fine :)

Shelly - posted on 10/06/2009

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Amanda,
I am a 40DDD and I have to admit at first it was really tough and I did best with the side lying position or with my son to the outside of my body on a pillow. I am now so glad that even though I had a rocky start that I stuck with it. Hopefully your hospital will have a lactation consultant to help you. Mason is healthy as can be and breastfeeding is so much easier than bottle. Mason totally had the breastfeeding thing down by the end of his second week. Good Luck!!!! Shelly Peters

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The lactation consultant at the hospital should show you how to hold your breast while nursing. I don't have big boobs, but I go to a breastfeeding support group every week with my lactation consultant. She says to squish your breast with one hand like you would if you were going to put a big burger in your mouth. You want to squish the top and bottom, not the sides. Bring your baby to your breast and get him to open wide then latch him (or her). Once the baby is latched you can let go of your breast. If the baby is latched correctly then there will space between his nose and your breast for him to breathe. Like I said a lactation consultant can show you how. Get their number before you leave the hospital because they are great to call when you get home if you need more help! Good luck!

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