DDD breasts and breast feeding

Jessica - posted on 01/22/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Ok so I have DDDbreasts I'm afraid to breast feed because I'm uncomfortable now and I know they will b bigger and heavy once my milk comes. Anyone else have this problem should I still breast feed?

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Jessica - posted on 01/22/2012

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I know I am able to breast feed with large breasts. What I am saying is I'm already uncomfortably a DDD. So am I going to b even more uncomfortable with heavy milk filled breasts that r a size f at that point

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Joanna - posted on 04/17/2013

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She's not concerned about issues brwsstfeeding but rather the discomfort with the size increase and heaviness that will remain for as kong as she breastfeeds rather than it drying up right away if she foesnt breastfeed. I'm curious about that as well. Also I've heard that your breasts will become saggy if you breastfeed your child at sll in your lifetin

Mellanie - posted on 02/01/2012

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Also get in touch with your local hospital, most now have lactation specialists (I went through almost 3 months with the lactation specialists at our hospital) they will help you figure out what is best for both you and baby (when baby gets here) as far as positioning, comfort, possibly the idea of just pumping and bottle feeding, etc...

Good luck!

Krista - posted on 01/31/2012

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The other women have given you good tips. My only tips are to get a good, supportive nursing bra, and to read up on the "clutch" hold for nursing. As a large-breasted woman myself, I found that hold to be the easiest for nursing.

Tara - posted on 01/30/2012

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I am a 42 HH - I was smaller before kids because I had a breast reduction but went back up to my "before reduction" size during pregnancy - they didn't actually get that much bigger when my milk came in - the size boost was during the pregnancy.



The only reason I didn't breastfeed exclusively (I had to switch to formula with both children) was because too many ducts were cut when I had my reduction and my milk never came in properly.



That said, I was able to successfully breastfeed for a while. Honestly you just have to position the baby slightly differently (because of your breast size) in order to be able to feed them well.



If I had been able to breastfeed exclusively I absolutely would have because formula is godawful expensive. My vote would be for the breastfeeding.

Sarah - posted on 01/30/2012

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I wouldn't see this as a "problem" at all. I'm large chested and nursed both my children for over a year each. Any woman with nursing needs to try different positions (which may be different on different sides) and see what works best for you and babe together. You can get support and tips from the nurses at the hospital, Le Leche League, Public Health Unit, Lactation Consultant, and Doctor. Good luck with your nursing journey!

Kaitlin - posted on 01/22/2012

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Yes. No matter what size you start with, once the milk comes in, especially that first week, it will be very uncomfortable, even painful. However, if you choose not to breastfeed, your milk will still come in, and it will be even more painful. Give yourself a good month at least to get the hang of breastfeeding. There are all kinds of issues that are going to make it uncomfortable- and none of them will have anything to do with the size that you started with compared to the size that you will become. It's like birth- will it be painful? Yes. Is it painful for everyone? Well, yeah. Will it be rewarding? yes.



How far along are you? Have you bought new bras yet since you became pregnant? I have stages of bras that I pull out during pregnancy and after birth. Here are some things that have helped me (though they may not be right for you, find what's comfortable).

I stay away from underwires when pregnant and nursing. They cut and tend to make the let down more painful. I also don't use compression bras or sports bras- they constrict and put too much pressure on sensitive developing glands and/or milk ducts. "nursing bras" had no support for me. I went to walmart and target and found some nice bras on the cheap that lasted quite a bit. Try a TON on and try not to get discouraged (I HATE bra shopping). They have started to put 'full figure' collections in at larger chain stores now that come in your size and larger (praise God!). I hope you find some that fit comfortably. Oh, and also find a nice bra to wear at night, if you don't already wear one. I never wore a bra to bed before I had my first (i'm now on my third) but once my milk came in I needed the added support and it helped with the leaks.

Kaitlin - posted on 01/22/2012

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It really isn't a problem- why are you afraid? My chest is larger than yours, and even bigger when I breastfeed, and I have never had a problem (with size issues, breastfeeding is complicated for other reasons, lol). The size of your breasts, very large or seemingly none, does not affect your ability to breastfeed.

Kate CP - posted on 01/22/2012

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I don't understand your question, I guess. Why are you afraid to breast feed? No matter what you'll probably have breast enlargement (most women have this happen regardless of whether they breastfeed or not) so...not entirely sure what you're asking?

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