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Small Breasts affect BFing?

I'm curious if there is any correlation between not being able to produce enough breast milk with how large or small your breasts are.  Probably not, but I am a FTM and curious. 

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  • absolutely, positively no effect. Your breasts will get larger when milk comes in, of course. However, the milk is released on demand during nursing mostly. It's not like you have two ziplocs under the surface that can only get so full.  Further, your breast size will have NO bearing on amount being produced. Your body will simply increase demand if LO begins sucking it all out. The days of our parents saying "I couldnt produce enough milk to keep up!" Are just simply no more. We've PROVEN this theory wrong. Just stick with it. 

    I was a small b cup before DD. I went to a D cup when I nursed. After a 60 pound weight loss I went down to a full C cup. Now I am back to a D cup and expect to be a DD or larger once my milk comes in this time.

    Check out the la leche league for more information, or even the breast feeding boards here.You should read up a bit more so you understand the mechanics of breast feeding before LO gets here. 

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  • i've heard that the size does not affect the ability at all. im small chested and managed to make plenty up until i went back to work from maternity leave at 7 weeks. :)

    (note after reading the first poster) - my milk decreased due to not being able to pump enough - it didnt just crash on its own or anything. just wanted to throw that in there =)

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    i've heard that the size does not affect the ability at all. im small chested and managed to make plenty up until i went back to work from maternity leave at 7 weeks. :)

    (note after reading the first poster) - my milk decreased due to not being able to pump enough - it didnt just crash on its own or anything. just wanted to throw that in there =)

    Thanks for adding the clarification for future readers. I am a champion of BF-ing and have helped many a new mom make it work in the past 24 months. Nothing gets under my skin worse than the un-educated mothers who say, "I tried, really I did. I wanted to do it.. my milk just never came in." or "I just couldnt make enough" Because it's flat out just not true. I'd rather hear, "I wanted to do it, but it hurt. It took too much time." Im OK with that honesty. BF-ing isnt for everyone. It's VERY hard for working mothers and I respect the hell out of power pumpers- I could never do that myself. Honestly, if mom is happy, baby is happy, and baby is gaining weight then you're making the right choice- be that breast, formula or a combination. But don't blame your body. 

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  • Thanks Ladies! 

    This is my first and my mother had told me that she didn't produce enough milk with me (granted that was the early 80s when formula seemed to be in) which makes me worry that I won't (because I really want to BF exclusively).  Also, I was an A before I got pregnant and now I'm maybe a large A, and on a good day a small B!  So I was just wondering if that is a sign that I'm not going to produce enough. 

    I have my breastfeeding class in 2 weeks at the hospital so I'm sure I can ask more questions there.  I just wanted to hear everyone's experiences.  Thanks again!

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    Thanks Ladies! 

    This is my first and my mother had told me that she didn't produce enough milk with me (granted that was the early 80s when formula seemed to be in) which makes me worry that I won't (because I really want to BF exclusively).  Also, I was an A before I got pregnant and now I'm maybe a large A, and on a good day a small B!  So I was just wondering if that is a sign that I'm not going to produce enough. 

    I have my breastfeeding class in 2 weeks at the hospital so I'm sure I can ask more questions there.  I just wanted to hear everyone's experiences.  Thanks again!

    Sorry if I seemed agressive, it's just a passion of mine.

    The only thing than can stop you from ebf, is YOU. even if you have to switch to pumping, it is doable. Just really hard from what I understand. We ebf- until 8 months and bf-ed until 15 months. To me, there is no better way to bond. Good luck. If you ever want or need tips, feel free to pm me. :)  

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    i've heard that the size does not affect the ability at all. im small chested and managed to make plenty up until i went back to work from maternity leave at 7 weeks. :)

    (note after reading the first poster) - my milk decreased due to not being able to pump enough - it didnt just crash on its own or anything. just wanted to throw that in there =)

    Thanks for adding the clarification for future readers. I am a champion of BF-ing and have helped many a new mom make it work in the past 24 months. Nothing gets under my skin worse than the un-educated mothers who say, "I tried, really I did. I wanted to do it.. my milk just never came in." or "I just couldnt make enough" Because it's flat out just not true. I'd rather hear, "I wanted to do it, but it hurt. It took too much time." Im OK with that honesty. BF-ing isnt for everyone. It's VERY hard for working mothers and I respect the hell out of power pumpers- I could never do that myself. Honestly, if mom is happy, baby is happy, and baby is gaining weight then you're making the right choice- be that breast, formula or a combination. But don't blame your body. 

     

    I completely agree.  My friend had the same excuse when her real issue was relying on formula when she should have been nursing or pumping to keep her body producing milk....no wonder her supply tanked.  She's not the one to ever open up a book and research anything so it's hard to blame her lack of knowledge.  I'm not going to be there to constantly hold her hand and act like, 'Miss Know-it-All'  when it comes to child raising.

  • I've actually heard from many women it's easier to breastfeed with smaller boobs. For positioning mostly. I have DDs that got even bigger when my milk came in and it was hard to position her. I had to try to hold her in one hand and my giant knocker in the other. I couldn't cradle her without smothering her with boob.
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    I've actually heard from many women it's easier to breastfeed with smaller boobs. For positioning mostly. I have DDs that got even bigger when my milk came in and it was hard to position her. I had to try to hold her in one hand and my giant knocker in the other. I couldn't cradle her without smothering her with boob.

    HA!  Good to know, makes me appreciate my small boobs!

  • I tried pumping and bfing for over a month and I never had a proper supply to feed my babies - both times. I tried to bf when they were hungry and pumped every hour or two and never got more than an ounce of bm. I wanted BADLY to bf. I worked with lactation consultants and did everything I was supposed to do and had a genuine supply problem - they DO exist, though probably not as much as people say they do. I'm still determined to try again this time.

    To OP - small breast don't have any connection to supply :)

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  • PPs are right, breast size has nothing to do with BF ability.  There are also very few people whose milk doesn't come in or who don't produce enough.  When someone says they weren't making enough, they usually did something to cause it because they went into BF unprepared and uneducated.  Chances are they didn't have supportive people around them either and they could have gotten bad advice from nurses and/or pedis too.  I was a small B pre-preg and I nursed for 13 months.  We had no problems and it was much easier than I expected it to be.

    I would really recommend taking a class with your SO and doing some reading so you know what to expect. KellyMom is a good online resource too.

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  • Nope, no effect whatsoever. I am pretty small chested and nursed DD for 19 months.

    I agree with the pp about Kellymom- it's an amazing resource. Bookmark it for all of your BFing questions! 

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  • Breast size has nothing to do with how much milk you produce, so don't let that worry you. 

    Breastfeeding advocates will say you will produce how much you need; however, I'm not so sure about that because I sure never could and I tried everything (schedules, pumping after and in between, herbal teas, consultations with specialists, etc) and couldn't get my supply up there.  I just did the best I could and was happy with myself for doing that.  I breastfed until 2 months into this pregnancy because the baby no longer liked the taste (it does taste different) and my supply took even more of a nose dive with the pregnancy hormones.

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  • I have small boobs and am BFing just fine. My breasts haven't gotten any larger than they were before and my milk supply is beyond sufficient for DSs needs.
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  • I don't usually reply to these kind of posts, but feel obligated to bc I'm so bothered. (blame it on hormones) I do agree with you to some extent. Many women give up early and blame their bodies, but there are women who do try EVERYTHING with no success.

    My son was born early (not preemie, but almost 3 weeks early) and could not stay awake long enough to nurse. My supply never came in fully or tanked shortly after coming in bc my son would not nurse enough. I worked with doctors, LC, took fenugreek, pumped between feedings, and even tried Reglan. When I had to give him formula bc he had lost almost another .5 lb and his urine was dark- I still pumped, still nursed, still tried. I tried for 3 months to try to get enough milk to BF my son, giving him what little I did have.

    That does not make me uneducated just my circumstance unfortunate.

    Bottom line don't throw all women under the bus just bc some make excuses.

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  • Big or small, it doesn't make a difference. However, there is some additional logistics involved when youre breasts are larger where smaller breast-ed ladies have the advantage. My friends and I agree, it's easier to make the "hamburger" (smush boobs into hamburger shape to fit in a NB's mouth) with smaller breasts than with larger - makes for a potentially easier latch. In any case, seek qualified advice and good luck.

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    i've heard that the size does not affect the ability at all. im small chested and managed to make plenty up until i went back to work from maternity leave at 7 weeks. :)

    (note after reading the first poster) - my milk decreased due to not being able to pump enough - it didnt just crash on its own or anything. just wanted to throw that in there =)

    Thanks for adding the clarification for future readers. I am a champion of BF-ing and have helped many a new mom make it work in the past 24 months. Nothing gets under my skin worse than the un-educated mothers who say, "I tried, really I did. I wanted to do it.. my milk just never came in." or "I just couldnt make enough" Because it's flat out just not true. I'd rather hear, "I wanted to do it, but it hurt. It took too much time." Im OK with that honesty. BF-ing isnt for everyone. It's VERY hard for working mothers and I respect the hell out of power pumpers- I could never do that myself. Honestly, if mom is happy, baby is happy, and baby is gaining weight then you're making the right choice- be that breast, formula or a combination. But don't blame your body. 

    You sound like a real ass here. For some people it is true. This post is beyond ignorant.

    ETA: And FTR there is a huge difference between being passionate about a cause and being self righteous and accusatory.

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  • Technically, no, but I have small breasts (even after they got big for breastfeeding, I was still only an A) and I did not have adequate supply for my last.  
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    Thanks Ladies! 

    This is my first and my mother had told me that she didn't produce enough milk with me (granted that was the early 80s when formula seemed to be in) which makes me worry that I won't (because I really want to BF exclusively).  Also, I was an A before I got pregnant and now I'm maybe a large A, and on a good day a small B!  So I was just wondering if that is a sign that I'm not going to produce enough. 

    I have my breastfeeding class in 2 weeks at the hospital so I'm sure I can ask more questions there.  I just wanted to hear everyone's experiences.  Thanks again!

    Sorry if I seemed agressive, it's just a passion of mine.

    The only thing than can stop you from ebf, is YOU. even if you have to switch to pumping, it is doable. Just really hard from what I understand. We ebf- until 8 months and bf-ed until 15 months. To me, there is no better way to bond. Good luck. If you ever want or need tips, feel free to pm me. :)  

    You do sound aggressive here.  And uneducated.  I hope that you never learn the hard truths about BFing/Pumping when circumstances go awry.  Please get your head out of your a$$.  

    Sorry if I seem aggressive here, educating uninformed know-it-alls is a passion of mine.

     

     

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    i've heard that the size does not affect the ability at all. im small chested and managed to make plenty up until i went back to work from maternity leave at 7 weeks. :)

    (note after reading the first poster) - my milk decreased due to not being able to pump enough - it didnt just crash on its own or anything. just wanted to throw that in there =)

    Thanks for adding the clarification for future readers. I am a champion of BF-ing and have helped many a new mom make it work in the past 24 months. Nothing gets under my skin worse than the un-educated mothers who say, "I tried, really I did. I wanted to do it.. my milk just never came in." or "I just couldnt make enough" Because it's flat out just not true. I'd rather hear, "I wanted to do it, but it hurt. It took too much time." Im OK with that honesty. BF-ing isnt for everyone. It's VERY hard for working mothers and I respect the hell out of power pumpers- I could never do that myself. Honestly, if mom is happy, baby is happy, and baby is gaining weight then you're making the right choice- be that breast, formula or a combination. But don't blame your body. 

    You sound like a real ass here. For some people it is true. This post is beyond ignorant.

    ETA: And FTR there is a huge difference between being passionate about a cause and being self righteous and accusatory.

     

    All of this. There are actually women who do everything right and they still can't produce enough. People with your attitude make them feel even lower than they already do.

     

    OP, as stated, breast size has nothing to do with supply. HOWEVER, it's not as simple as some would make it. Just because some people have a great BF experience does not mean anyone else will. Educate yourself, find IRL support whether it's your mom, LC or a BF group. I wish you an easy time, but better to be prepared, just in case.

     

    We nursed for 3 weeks before I just couldn't handle the pain of DD's bad latch (and if 3 LC's, pedi & various nurses couldn't do anything to correct it...). I EP'd for 3 months before choosing to hold onto my sanity and switch to formula. FWIW, In the beginning, when I was nursing, I had to supplement about once or twice a week because I wasn't producing enough. When I went to pumping, I did several "power pumping" sessions to boost my supply and was finally able to keep up with her.

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    Thanks Ladies! 

    This is my first and my mother had told me that she didn't produce enough milk with me (granted that was the early 80s when formula seemed to be in) which makes me worry that I won't (because I really want to BF exclusively).  Also, I was an A before I got pregnant and now I'm maybe a large A, and on a good day a small B!  So I was just wondering if that is a sign that I'm not going to produce enough. 

    I have my breastfeeding class in 2 weeks at the hospital so I'm sure I can ask more questions there.  I just wanted to hear everyone's experiences.  Thanks again!

    Sorry if I seemed agressive, it's just a passion of mine.

    The only thing than can stop you from ebf, is YOU. even if you have to switch to pumping, it is doable. Just really hard from what I understand. We ebf- until 8 months and bf-ed until 15 months. To me, there is no better way to bond. Good luck. If you ever want or need tips, feel free to pm me. :)  

    I know women, some who have had breast reductions, who simply could not produce enough milk,  It happens and it's not the end of the world. There are PLENTY of other ways to bond with your baby besides breasfeeding.  I breastfed for six months and had to switch to formula because I was not making enough milk to satisfy DD.  She needed to nurse all the time and for long stretches and I started to feel suffocated, restrained, and smothered by my decision to nurse.  It caused me to suffer from PPD.  Soon after I quit nursing I was finally able to relax as DD was happier and more satisfied with her feedings.  It wasn't an all day long battle any longer.  She started sleeping 12-13 hours at night and napping better during the day.  The symptoms of PPD went away and I was a new person!  I am all for nursing, but I DO NOT stand by and let anyone make women feel guilty if it's not working for them.  You really need to take it down a notch.  Nursing is not the be all, end all.  Has anyone come knocking on your door doing a study of who was breastfed or bottle fed and where they are now?  I haven't heard of it.  I don't look at someone who is not close to their mom and immediately think...Jeez, I bet she wasn't breasfed as a child, she doesn't seem to be bonded to her mom.  I don't pick friends based on whether they were nursed or not, I don't hire people based on whether they were nursed or not.  It's not something that comes up later in life, because it doesn't really matter!  And as far as all the benefits of nursing go, my brother and I were breasfed and we both suffer from terrible allergies, I have serious digestive issues, he always had ear infections as a kid, and these are all things that are supposed to be avoidable by nursing your baby...or so the propaganda would have you believe.  Plain and simply, it doesn't matter how a child is fed, as long as they are fed and the feeding method is working for Mom/Dad and baby.

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    i've heard that the size does not affect the ability at all. im small chested and managed to make plenty up until i went back to work from maternity leave at 7 weeks. :)

    (note after reading the first poster) - my milk decreased due to not being able to pump enough - it didnt just crash on its own or anything. just wanted to throw that in there =)

    Thanks for adding the clarification for future readers. I am a champion of BF-ing and have helped many a new mom make it work in the past 24 months. Nothing gets under my skin worse than the un-educated mothers who say, "I tried, really I did. I wanted to do it.. my milk just never came in." or "I just couldnt make enough" Because it's flat out just not true. I'd rather hear, "I wanted to do it, but it hurt. It took too much time." Im OK with that honesty. BF-ing isnt for everyone. It's VERY hard for working mothers and I respect the hell out of power pumpers- I could never do that myself. Honestly, if mom is happy, baby is happy, and baby is gaining weight then you're making the right choice- be that breast, formula or a combination. But don't blame your body. 

    You sound like a real ass here. For some people it is true. This post is beyond ignorant.

    ETA: And FTR there is a huge difference between being passionate about a cause and being self righteous and accusatory.

     

    All of this. There are actually women who do everything right and they still can't produce enough. People with your attitude make them feel even lower than they already do.

    Uh YEP! She sounds like a know-it-all-snot. Of my three children, two of which were NICU babies, my middle daughter was great at nursing. My son had reflux issues and could not keep anything down, wouldn't latch right and my youngest was a 6 week early preemie who had latch issues and fell asleep during her feedings and wouldn't take in enough breas milk.

    Palmtree, your comments are offensive to women who are pro-nursing and it didn't work out. You would do well to restrict your comments to your experiences instead of blaming other mothers for theirs.

  • Absolutely not. Mine are tiny (barely fill 34A), and I was able to BF DD1 until a week after her first birthday w/o any problems.
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    i've heard that the size does not affect the ability at all. im small chested and managed to make plenty up until i went back to work from maternity leave at 7 weeks. :)

    (note after reading the first poster) - my milk decreased due to not being able to pump enough - it didnt just crash on its own or anything. just wanted to throw that in there =)

    Thanks for adding the clarification for future readers. I am a champion of BF-ing and have helped many a new mom make it work in the past 24 months. Nothing gets under my skin worse than the un-educated mothers who say, "I tried, really I did. I wanted to do it.. my milk just never came in." or "I just couldnt make enough" Because it's flat out just not true. I'd rather hear, "I wanted to do it, but it hurt. It took too much time." Im OK with that honesty. BF-ing isnt for everyone. It's VERY hard for working mothers and I respect the hell out of power pumpers- I could never do that myself. Honestly, if mom is happy, baby is happy, and baby is gaining weight then you're making the right choice- be that breast, formula or a combination. But don't blame your body. 

    You want honesty? You're an insensitive tool, and I feel sorry for your friends or anyone else who is subjected to your horrible opinion. You should not be allowed to help any new mother if that is what you think. 

    Asshat.

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    image mamatobe2012:

    Thanks Ladies! 

    This is my first and my mother had told me that she didn't produce enough milk with me (granted that was the early 80s when formula seemed to be in) which makes me worry that I won't (because I really want to BF exclusively).  Also, I was an A before I got pregnant and now I'm maybe a large A, and on a good day a small B!  So I was just wondering if that is a sign that I'm not going to produce enough. 

    I have my breastfeeding class in 2 weeks at the hospital so I'm sure I can ask more questions there.  I just wanted to hear everyone's experiences.  Thanks again!

    Sorry if I seemed agressive, it's just a passion of mine.

    The only thing than can stop you from ebf, is YOU. even if you have to switch to pumping, it is doable. Just really hard from what I understand. We ebf- until 8 months and bf-ed until 15 months. To me, there is no better way to bond. Good luck. If you ever want or need tips, feel free to pm me. :)  

    You do sound aggressive here.  And uneducated.  I hope that you never learn the hard truths about BFing/Pumping when circumstances go awry.  Please get your head out of your a$$.  

    Sorry if I seem aggressive here, educating uninformed know-it-alls is a passion of mine.

     

     

    I agree with everyone that you sound like a self righteous, uneducated little twat. F you, seriously. I BF successfully for 10 months until my period decided to show up. My supply took a drastic drop. I went back to work after 6wks and was able to pump every 2 hours at work, that's 4 times a day. That's a lot of pumping and a lot of dedication. I nursed my son as soon as he woke up, as soon as I got home and whenever the hell he wanted throughout the night. Finally after my period confirmed it's presence, my supply completely dried up. Despite me upping my pumping to 5-6 times a day while at work, taking every damn supplement that exists, and eating all the right foods and staying healthy, it did in fact dry up. Who the F are you to tell women that "YOU" are the reason to blame for failing at BFing. STFU.

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    i've heard that the size does not affect the ability at all. im small chested and managed to make plenty up until i went back to work from maternity leave at 7 weeks. :)

    (note after reading the first poster) - my milk decreased due to not being able to pump enough - it didnt just crash on its own or anything. just wanted to throw that in there =)

    Thanks for adding the clarification for future readers. I am a champion of BF-ing and have helped many a new mom make it work in the past 24 months. Nothing gets under my skin worse than the un-educated mothers who say, "I tried, really I did. I wanted to do it.. my milk just never came in." or "I just couldnt make enough" Because it's flat out just not true. I'd rather hear, "I wanted to do it, but it hurt. It took too much time." Im OK with that honesty. BF-ing isnt for everyone. It's VERY hard for working mothers and I respect the hell out of power pumpers- I could never do that myself. Honestly, if mom is happy, baby is happy, and baby is gaining weight then you're making the right choice- be that breast, formula or a combination. But don't blame your body. 

    You want honesty? You're an insensitive tool, and I feel sorry for your friends or anyone else who is subjected to your horrible opinion. You should not be allowed to help any new mother if that is what you think. 

    Asshat.

    I couldn't have said it any better myself. Breastfeeding is hard work. And women, like you, who shame those who have a difficult time with it are seriously the lowest of the low. 

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    palmtreemacvntycvunt.... you a serious qveef and an uneducated slime trail.
    Yes I tried so hard to BF but nothing I did worked. DS lost over a pound in the first few days and we had to supplement. I was devestated. I tried fenugreek, pumping many many times a day and taking mothers milk pills as well as eating/drinking everything they say increases milk. It just didn't happen for us. After a month I gave up and cried over it for a long time. I'm still kind of upset about it.
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    i've heard that the size does not affect the ability at all. im small chested and managed to make plenty up until i went back to work from maternity leave at 7 weeks. :)

    (note after reading the first poster) - my milk decreased due to not being able to pump enough - it didnt just crash on its own or anything. just wanted to throw that in there =)

    Thanks for adding the clarification for future readers. I am a champion of BF-ing and have helped many a new mom make it work in the past 24 months. Nothing gets under my skin worse than the un-educated mothers who say, "I tried, really I did. I wanted to do it.. my milk just never came in." or "I just couldnt make enough" Because it's flat out just not true. I'd rather hear, "I wanted to do it, but it hurt. It took too much time." Im OK with that honesty. BF-ing isnt for everyone. It's VERY hard for working mothers and I respect the hell out of power pumpers- I could never do that myself. Honestly, if mom is happy, baby is happy, and baby is gaining weight then you're making the right choice- be that breast, formula or a combination. But don't blame your body. 

    You sound like a real ass here. For some people it is true. This post is beyond ignorant.

    ETA: And FTR there is a huge difference between being passionate about a cause and being self righteous and accusatory.

    Yep. Palmtreethundercunt = ignorant insensitive biitch.

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