Breastfeeding

Why your boob size doesn’t affect your ability to breastfeed

Whether your boobs are big or small, fear not, you can still successfully breastfeed your baby.

And if you have large breasts, it doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to have more milk than those with smaller ones.

Here is why the size of your boobs doesn’t affect your ability to breastfeed….

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Size doesn’t matter when it comes to breastfeeding

Contrary to popular belief, the size of your breasts makes absolutely no difference in regards to breast milk production.

“Breasts come in all shapes and sizes, and all of them work just fine for breastfeeding. The size of a woman’s breasts, whether large or small, doesn’t reflect their milk-making capacity, nor how easy breastfeeding is. Breasts are made up of fatty tissue, glandular tissue and connective tissue,” says the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA).

“Just like any new mum, positioning and attachment is the key. Although it can be trickier with larger breasts to get the positioning and attachment that works best, practice makes perfect.”

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Breast structure

Breasts are made up of fatty tissue, glandular tissue and connective tissue. The size of your breasts reflects how much fatty tissue there is.

Each breast has lobes of glands where the milk is made. These glands contain clusters of alveoli, which are little hollow sacks with milk-making cells around the outside and the milk in the centre.

From these alveoli run tubes, called ducts, which carry the milk towards the nipple. The milk flows from these ducts out through tiny openings in the nipple.

size of breasts don't affect breastfeeding

According to the ABA, the size of the breast is not related to how well it can make milk.

9 facts about breast milk production

  1. The breast is made up of fatty and support tissue as well as milk-making glands.
  2. Women store different amounts of milk in their breasts.
  3. This is not necessarily related to overall breast size.
  4. This may affect how often women need to breastfeed their babies.
  5. A woman with a smaller storage volume may need to feed her baby more often than a woman with a larger storage volume.
  6. However, both women will make about the same amount of milk each day.
  7. It is also common for a mother to have a different amount of storage in one breast compared to the other. She may find her baby spends longer feeding on one side than the other. This is perfectly normal.
  8. Babies born to the same mother sometimes have very different feeding patterns.
  9. Breast storage volume is only one factor in how often a baby feeds.

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How boob size can affect the way and position you feed

While the size of your boobs won’t affect your milk supply or production, it can affect the way and position you feed your baby.

For example, those with smaller breasts might have to hold their baby quite high to feed. In this instance a breastfeeding pillow is usually not required.

Many smaller-breasted mums can feed their baby in a more upright position.

Women with larger breasts might find it slightly tricker to master positioning and attachment, especially if your breast is three or four times larger than your baby’s head. But practice makes perfect. The ABA suggests that it might be easier for women with bigger boobs to lie down to feed their baby.

And if you are worried about your baby’s feeding, breastfeeding and constant lack of energy – we advise that you speak with your healthcare practitioner.

Check out our Breastfeeding Milk Supply Boosting Recipes eBook where you will gain access to a number of delicious recipes (including cookies and bliss balls!) proven to help mums increase their milk production.

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The smoothie range has been formulated by leading nutritionists, dieticians and with input from Monash University and it offers an excellent source of essential vitamins, minerals, nutrients and important antioxidants.

It’s also free from any weight loss accelerants, caffeine, contains no wheat ingredients, no fructose, is 96 per cent sugar free and is dairy free.

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Emily Toxward

When former journalist Emily Toxward isn’t wrangling her three kids she’s juggling the demands writing and failing fabulously at being a domestic goddess. A published writer for nearly 20 years, Emily left full-time work in 2008 to have children and write from home. Always on the go, she spends her days negotiating with an army of little people she created and visits her local Gold Coast beaches for a little sanity.

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