When I was pregnant with my first child, I was committed to breastfeeding. I wanted to do what was best for my baby, and it was hard to avoid the message that breastfeeding was a big part of this. She did nothing.
It can be uncomfortable to downright agonising, stressful is my baby getting enough? To coincide with World Breastfeeding Weekwhich runs from 1—7 August, we asked mums what they wished other breastfeeding mothers, midwives and health care visitors had told them. This is advice echoed by all the mums we talked to, who wished they had been better prepared for the initial pain and persevered only because of supportive family and friends.
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. The size of your breasts reflects how much fatty tissue there is.
Confused about building and establishing your milk supply? If you need help or support, or just want to know what to expect, read our guide on breastfeeding in the first month. While feeding around the clock is usual and helps you build your milk supply, it can be tiring.
Yes, it is possible to breastfeed if you have large nipples. Women have nipples of all shapes and sizesand most of them can breastfeed just fine. It may even be easier for a healthy full-term baby to breastfeed on large nipples.
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.
Chi-Chi LaFlare pumped 40, ounces of milk in alone. It allows new mums to bond with their little ones while protecting them from infections and diseases. But one new mum has taken it to a whole new level - by pumping enough milk to feed 15 babies as well as her own son. Chi-Chi LaFlare pumped 40, ounces of milk in alone to help mums who desperately want to breastfeed but can't for various reasons.