Posted in Breastfeeding, For Moms

Breastfeeding question

Anonymous

Apologies in advance if this is inappropriate. I’m due to have my first baby soon and would like to breastfeed, however I have very small breasts (barely an A Cup pre-pregnancy and now actually fit it) I’m worried my baby won’t be able to latch or we may have other difficulties. I was just wondering if anyone had the same experience or any advice on how to make breastfeeding achievable?

  • Anonymous
    Dec 04

    Women of all breast sizes can breastfeed. You will have no problem doing it.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 04

    You’ll be great! Your boobs will blow up to probably a C or D cup when your milk comes in! It’ll be fine :)

  • Jennifer
    Dec 04

    If you don’t have easy access to a lactation consultant after your birth, finding the chapter of your local La Leche League will be a great resource for both knowledge and support.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 04

    I was the same size and I had the same worry! But my son latched very easily, AND my boobs have grown considerably

  • Jeni
    Dec 04

    Agreed with above. La Leche League or Breastfeeding USA can really be helpful. Also a Lactation consultant should be available in your hospital. Sometimes you have to ask for one, but they’re usually there. Best of luck on your breastfeeding journey. It was the most rewarding experience of my life.

  • Jennifer
    Dec 04

    First off, great question! Breasts of all sizes can and do feed babies all the time. Someone above mentioned they will “blow up” and they will grow a bit with fullness when the milk comes in however, the latch has more to do with the actual nipple more than breast size. I highly recommend you go to a breastfeeding class as it will teach you the lingo and holds and basic information in a less stressful atmosphere as it can be a bit overwhelming holding a crying newborn and figuring it out as you go. Labor and delivery nurses know tips on how to help your baby latch as do postpartum nurses. Most hospitals have a lactation consultant who will try and see you at least once prior to discharge. Some pediatrician offices have lactation consultants on staff! Another resource I would recommend is a support system. FB has breastfeeding groups, I’m in one, every one is supportive and kind. I do want to give you a heads up. Breastfeeding is not all sunshine and rainbows. I hope and pray you are one of the amazing women who take to it and it is super easy. Many of us have at least a few struggles. It is uncomfortable in the beginning until your nipples get used to it. You could get a clogged milk duct at some point which is painful. Mastitis is a simple infection that some of us get. As you embark on this journey, and it is an amazing one, just remember that fed is best. If you have questions, seek help. If you question baby’s latch or weight gain, call the pediatrician. If you need emotional support, find your village, you can reach out to me if you want. Many women do not hear that breastfeeding can be difficult and are surprised when it doesn’t come naturally. So remember, fed is best. Be that exclusively breastfed, exclusively pumping and giving baby a bottle, mixing formula and breast milk, or exclusively formula fed. If your baby is healthy and you’re healthy (both physically and mentally) then you’re doing the right thing for your family. You’ve got this mama bear, congratulations and good luck!

  • Lisa
    Dec 05

    I was the same not quite an A before my first. They blew up to a C once my milk came in. My milk was later coming in, so my kids never latched. Don’t stress if they don’t latch, just pump like I did and freeze the extra. By doing this I let myself dry up after 7 months and have frozen to last me till both kids turned 1! And since they were bottle fed, Dad could help feed them and I could sleep! Win win!

  • Bhavana
    Dec 05

    I am the same size and was able to breastfeed both my kids and pump as well.

  • Amanda
    Dec 05

    Your breast are going to get larger. Mine did.

  • Elena
    Dec 05

    Breast size has nothing to do with latching I was an Acup with wiggle room I'm now a C cup. As long as your baby has no longe tie or any other issues it will latch the nurse with help you with that. My son had a sevier tong tie and lip so we had surgery 2 weeks after birth he was perfect but my milk stopped because I wasn't breast feeding straight away