Small Breasts Breast Feed

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Melissa - August 9

When I had my first son I had my heart set on br___tfeeding. A lot of people laughed at the notion since my br___ts are between an A and B cup. My godmother accused me of starving him when the colostrum was coming in. Excuse me but I thought it was supposed to be a small amount, yet very concentrated? Anyway after so much guilt I bottle fed him and I regret it. Now that I am pregnant again I want to br___t feed this baby. Have any small br___ted women done this? And my nipples are on the larger side in comparision to my br___ts so I need advice on that too.


Crystal - August 9

I am a first time mom and I also have small b___sts. Pre-pregnancy I was a 34 A, sometimes B. However, when I first got preggo, I went up to a C. My son was born last Saturday and I was having a lot of trouble getting him to latch on to my small nipples at first. Then I started using a Medela NIpple Shield and it made it a lot easier for him to latch on. Now my b___st have started to fill up with milk. And I was told by my nurse said that colostrum has 300 more calories per serving than b___st milk so babies don't need as much of it. It takes time and patience for you and baby to both learn how to b___stfeed. Don't get discouraged. Good Luck.


kashi - August 10

i had small b___sts also - until the milk came in! one morning i woke up and my b___sts were huge! he had problems with latching on also, but after about 3, 4 weeks it got better, he got the hang of it and my nipples got used to it also. during my pregnancy i was concerned that i wouldn't be able to feed my baby only through nursing, but now my son is 3 months old and he hasn't had anything but b___st milk and he's doing great! he's even chubby! so don't worry, it'll be just fine. but i have to underline what crystal said: it takes time, patience, stamina, positive thoughts and lots of practice, but it'll work out in the end. do not give up. i am so glad i didn't stop b___stfeeding my baby. the tough start was worth it... good luck!


Jbear - August 10

Large b___sts usually have about the same amount of b___st tissue as smaller ones, they just have a lot more fat around it.


Melissa - August 10

Thanks for posting! With this pregnancy and my previous, my b___sts didn't increase in size. With my son, they did when my milk came in and I am sure they would have gotten even more filled, had I not stopped from being discouraged. I am determined this time and luckily since I am in a new area away from nonsupportive people I think I should be much more confident. And of course your postings help a lot! Thank you again!


~E~ - August 10

Breast size has nothing to do with whether your b___sts can produce enough milk... what Jbear said is exactly right. Milk production has to do with supply and demand...the more milk extracted from the b___sts, the more produced. The idea that a small-b___sted woman cannot b___stfeed is a myth!... similiar to saying that a small-framed woman cannot carry a baby... just ridiculous! Try to ignore ignorant people. Now, the fact you have large nipples is a plus, it helps the baby to latch on. Look for an internal picture of a b___st online. The milk ducts are what produce the milk...and these milk ducts become full during b___stfeeding... The regular b___st size of a woman has NOTHING to do with milk or the milk ducts. It is fat that is on the outer extremeties of the b___st...directly under the skin...that contributes to the size of a woman's b___st. I hope that helps. It is said that others have deterred you from b___stfeeding by giving you their ignorant opinions (instead of true information). It is GREAT that you want to b___stfeed...and GREAT for the baby. In general, a woman's body is made for b___stfeeding as it is made for carrying a fetus. However, there are cases where a woman cannot do so.


~E~ - August 10

Melissa, I recommend taking a b___stfeeding course... that way you can make sure you get the facts from a medical standpoint!


Melissa - August 12

Thanks E. I have heard conflicting arguments about both nipple size and b___st size. I realize it's all about the glands that produce milk-- but by someone I was told large nipples make latching properly difficult because the areola is much harder to fully get into a baby's mouth. Then from what I see here, a lot of ladies say their babies had problems because their nipples were small. Then with the b___st size I heard it was harder to keep a baby on a larger b___st because it was suffocating, but then conflicting with that again I have heard that a baby needs some flesh to attach to. So it was rather confusing. I am going to be induced tomorrow so I will probably just have to learn as much as I can from the hospital's lactation consultant. I do wish, however, I had been informed of a b___st feeding cla__s by my doctor. I suppose he a__sumed I would know how since I have another child. Thanks for the moral support though. It truly does wonders. :)


~E~ - August 15

Melissa, I hope your induction went well and you are enjoying your new baby. I hear that b___stfeeding can be frustrating in the beginning. I was told in the b___stfeeding course that I took...the frustration does come to an end. The baby and you will become familiar with the process...but it takes some try to stay motivated through those first few days. I think many cities have a La Leche League center can call them if you continue to have doubts/questions. La Leche League is an organization designed to support women with should be able to look them up in the phone book. Good luck!


lm - August 15

I have very small b___sts and b___stfed from birth until a toddler. I never used formula either. He was a very big baby too!


lm - August 15

My nipples are large also. The baby doesn't need to get the entire areola in his or her mouth, just as much as possible.



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