Ah, the joys of breastfeeding: the quiet moments of bonding, the feeling of satisfaction that comes from nourishing your baby, being able to eat an extra calories, it's heavenly bliss. We also have to deal with sore nipples, breast infections, embarrassing milk leaks, backaches, and WAY bigger boobs. It's a common myth that women with large breasts have an easier time nursing. This just isn't true! In fact, women with a large chest face challenges that are uniquely theirs.
Big boobs are a blessing? Depends on who you are talking to! For many breastfeeding moms, it becomes a curse. From the sudden increase in bra size that require special order bras and needing a new wardrobe that fits right to not being able to sleep easily and having to worry you might suffocate your baby, big boobs are not a breastfeeding mamas best friends. There are lots of challenges when breastfeeding with large breasts.
Breastfeeding can present some unique challenges to the larger breasted woman—from difficulties latching her baby comfortably in traditional positions, to finding nursing bras, pump flanges or nipple shields in larger sizes. The position seems to work well for this mother as her body supports her breasts. If you are still finding positioning difficult, seek help from a breastfeeding specialist such as an IBCLC lactation consultant. See our latching tips for general latching ideas. It is by stimulating the breast tissue behind the nipple that your baby can drive the milk supply properly.
If you have large breasts — whether they started out that way, or they got very big during pregnancy and the first few weeks postpartum — you may have some concerns about breastfeeding. Breastfeeding with large breasts can be more difficult for first-time moms. All of these concerns are normal. However, with a little help from the beginning, you can get over your worries and get breastfeeding off to a good start.