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Any flat chested breastfeeding moms out there?

post #1 of 35
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Or am I the only one? Though I seem to have no problems with milk supply, I sometimes get stares in the chest area followed by "you breastfeed?" It's also been suggested to me that my baby (who is growing like a weed) is hungry and I should start solids. I also hate the way there is NO decent nursing bra out there for me- I'm BARELY an A cup. Frustrating!
post #2 of 35
Mama that's horrible!! Do your best to just avoid people who are that ignorant. ( I'm not "flat chested" but I will say this- it doesn't matter how small or big or in-the-middle you are, you will always have your ability to completely breastfeed your baby questioned because people in our society do not understand/refuse to accept the dynamics of breastfeeding. )
post #3 of 35
I am barely a size a too and can say that it doesn't matter. Both my dc, now 7 and 12, grew quite nicely off ebf'ing. As for nursing bras, yep- next to impossible to find good ones for small-chested mama's (hint hint you wahms out there ) so I just went with sports bras. Don't let ppl put doubt in your head. If your dc is growing, filling the diaper and seems happy and content after eating, I wouldn't worry
post #4 of 35
But still nursing my 33 month old DD

I LOVE the Blue Canoe cross-over bra for nursing. Minimal support, easy access - I couldn't live without them: http://www.bluecanoe.com/e-store/pro...=3111818355447
post #5 of 35
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Originally Posted by iamthesmilingone View Post
As for nursing bras, yep- next to impossible to find good ones for small-chested mama's (hint hint you wahms out there )
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While I have made a few smaller bras, the majority of my custom bras are in the large band/cup range. I will have to work on a few A-cups for the smaller gals.
post #6 of 35
I'm overly endowed and I have the same issues LOL. I justed wanted to add that I learned in my LLL that your milk glands can be in your underarm area and even extend a little onto your back. I just wanted to throw that out there in case someone didn't know.

Kara
post #7 of 35
Hello from another small-breasted breastfeeder! I guess that's partly why I found bf'ing my DS and DD so empowering, because my boobs never meant very much to me previously. They were never a source of pride, so to speak. Well that all changed when I decided to nurse my babes -- and what a wonderful revelation. But I know what you mean about bras. I do have one that fits, but I mostly wear tank tops under my shirts. I find they give the bit of support and coverage that I want, and are still easy to pull up for baby to nurse.
post #8 of 35
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Originally Posted by skana View Post
I guess that's partly why I found bf'ing my DS and DD so empowering, because my boobs never meant very much to me previously. They were never a source of pride, so to speak. Well that all changed when I decided to nurse my babes -- and what a wonderful revelation.
ITA!
post #9 of 35
Count me in! I'm a teensy-weensy AA (now proudly an A while nursing). These girls are small but mighty. Both my kids are giants and EBF for a long time. Yay me! ITA with the PP who said BF has been empowering. Previously my breasts have been of very little use to me. Now they're awesome.

BTW, the only nursing bra I've found (and I do have to wear one; I'm a major leaker and need something to hold the nursing pads) that works for me is Bravado.
post #10 of 35
I was barely a B at the end of my pregnancy and I had people telling me I wouldn't make enough milk- well I actually made too much milk I had oversupply for the first 2 months. Just goes to show them...
post #11 of 35
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Originally Posted by skana View Post
Hello from another small-breasted breastfeeder! I guess that's partly why I found bf'ing my DS and DD so empowering, because my boobs never meant very much to me previously. They were never a source of pride, so to speak. Well that all changed when I decided to nurse my babes -- and what a wonderful revelation. But I know what you mean about bras. I do have one that fits, but I mostly wear tank tops under my shirts. I find they give the bit of support and coverage that I want, and are still easy to pull up for baby to nurse.
: Before breastfeeding I was an A, if that. After a short lived D cup during engorgment my breasts have settled into a nice B cup. I used to hate my breasts, but now I love how powerful they make me feel.
post #12 of 35
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Originally Posted by lillake View Post
Before breastfeeding I was an A, if that. After a short lived D cup during engorgment my breasts have settled into a nice B cup. I used to hate my breasts, but now I love how powerful they make me feel.
I never got to be a D cup!!!!! So jealous!!! (Or maybe I shouldn't be jealous b/c that actually sounds kinda painful...) But anyway I was an A before I was pregnant, now that I'm BFing I'm a B.
post #13 of 35
I was barely an A prepregnancy and nursed my DS a year and now am nursing 15 mo old twins!!!

I, too, was worried about supply before my son was born (even though I read that size has nothing to do with production -- years of insecurity about being flat chested seeped into everything, I guess) and we had no problems at all. When I found out I was pregnant with twins, so many people assumed that meant you had to bottle feed. But we've been going strong as well from Day 1. One nurse at the hospital said to me "You have the PERFECT sized breasts for nursing twins." I hope she says that to all the mamas, because it gave me so much confidence. :

AS for bras -- I found wearing a tank top with a built in shelf bra provides enough support. It makes for easy access for two, too
post #14 of 35
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Originally Posted by Benji'sMom View Post
I never got to be a D cup!!!!! So jealous!!! (Or maybe I shouldn't be jealous b/c that actually sounds kinda painful...) But anyway I was an A before I was pregnant, now that I'm BFing I'm a B.
Careful what you wish for! I was a very small B prior to BFing and now I'm overflowing a D cup and I HATE it!! A big chest just gets in the way.
post #15 of 35
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about the bras...

sure, i could get a "sports bra" type nursing bra, or i could wear a tank, but i DON'T WANNA!!! call me picky, but i would LOVE a nursing bra made for the near boobless with underwire and padding... everything my normal bras are, but with a flap in the front. is this so much to ask for? the fact that i have yet to find a single A cup nursing bra of normal (not sport bra) design just further makes me feel like some sort of malformed oddity.

not too sound too much like a whiner (which i admit, i probably am) or like im overly insecure cause i do have plenty of other great features... im skinny and have a nice enough rear, a pretty face, and good hair. ok, i will soon be skinny again when i lose all the baby weight, and my face is slightly broken out at the moment probably due to neglect... but the point is i don't want to give anyone the impression my self image is low... i just wish i had more boobs! or at LEAST a decent nursing bra!
post #16 of 35
Smallish here too. I stopped wearing bras a few years ago after I realized they were expensive and silly, since I didn't need the support (and still don't, even after the moderate increase in size from the baby). I now refer to them as nipple obscurers and tend to prefer camisoles to do the job Baby is growing just fine and supply seems to be fine. Haven't gotten any oafish comments like you, thankfully -- I can't imagine how I'd respond.
post #17 of 35
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Originally Posted by Benji'sMom View Post
I never got to be a D cup!!!!! So jealous!!! (Or maybe I shouldn't be jealous b/c that actually sounds kinda painful...) But anyway I was an A before I was pregnant, now that I'm BFing I'm a B.
Oh no, don't be jealous. I had no stretch markls on my boobs until engorgment, then they were covered. And it hurt like fire. Ouch!

http://images1.snapfish.com/347%3C%3...%3B79829nu0mrj
This was at day 3. :
post #18 of 35
I had C's for the first few weeks after birth, wasn't much impressed by the "hugeness" I must say, and spent 12+ years nursing my 6 kids for 9-39 months each, with tiny A's. Never supplemented. None ate solids until well past 6 months, even a year.
My last babe stopped nursing at 39 months and I could still express milk over a year later.
SIZE DOESN'T MATTER!!!
;-)
post #19 of 35
Another barely A here!
Prepregnancy I was very selfconscious and always wished for bigger breasts. Toward the end I (much to my amazemnet) became a D!!!! I loved it as did dh . I sadly had numerous supply issues and ds went on/stayed on strike at about 10 months. I had already began to lose my lovely new D's and now I'm even smaller than before haven't worn a bra in years now...
post #20 of 35
I was large right after dd was born but shrunk back to my usual size after about 2 years (I still nurse my 3.5 year old). I don't have to wear a bra and love it and I always have penty of milk... well now I'm pregnant again so less milk but even with small breast I had no trouble nursing. I haven't ever experienced negative comments or anything about bfing so I don't know what anyone else thinks.
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