Small and large breasted women alike may face challenges when breastfeeding their babies. But large breasted women could encounter very specific issues which smaller breasted women will likely never have to deal with.
Below we have compiled a list of top tips for large breasted women to be able to feed their child comfortably. But before we hit those tips, let’s clear up some of the leading myths about breast size and breastfeeding.
There are a lot of myths about breastfeeding, with the most common regarding large breasted women including:
Mums are often advised to hold their baby in a cradle hold to nurse. For mothers with larger breasts, this can be uncomfortable if not impossible to accomplish.
Try the following positions when breastfeeding your little one:
A pillow may help you, but depending on the size of your breasts, it may create more problems. Experiment and see what works, what doesn’t work, and be prepared to change how you feed as you and your bub become more experienced.
You can support your breast during a feed by holding it with your hand, or you can roll up a towel, a wash cloth or a small blanket and place it under your breast up against the chest wall. That way you will be able to have one hand free once your baby has latched.
Large breasts mums may find something known as the “breast sandwich” as an effective way to feed. This sandwich makes it easier for your baby to latch and feed from your nipple which may be flat (nipples may flatten even if they are usually erect).
To create a breast sandwich, visualise how you would hold a sandwich. Your thumb should be placed on the inside of your breast with your fingers on the outside. Make sure that your hand is far away enough so that it is not interfering with your baby’s mouth or nose, and remember that you are merely shaping the breast, not squeezing it.
Women who are well-endowed are more prone to bacterial infections, yeast infections and heat rash because of the folds beneath and between the breasts. If you start feeling irritated, try using a natural and non-toxic lotion, coconut oil, olive oil or sweet almond oil for relief.
Another way to keep the itch at bay: wear a comfortable, breathable bra and change your bra if you feel sweaty.
When looking for a maternity or breastfeeding bra, you want to look for the following:
Did you know Peachymama has recently introduced nursing bras to our extensive collection of fashionable nursing attire? Made of bamboo, spandex and polyamide, our bras are so comfortable you can even wear them to bed!
Head over to browse our bras and breastfeeding slips at https://www.peachymama.com.au/collections/nursing-bra-slip
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