FTM here at 36 weeks pregnant. Concerned about breastfeeding with larger breasts-- I'm a H cup now, who knows what it'll be later. Do any large breasted mamas have any advice or tips on positioning/nursing aides? And on where to find nursing bras! I can barely find nursing bras other than online elomi with underwire (which are pretty expensive),,. The kind of bras the squish your boobs together are very unhygienic for larger breasts-- at least for me!
Thanks in advance.
I'm a similar size and find that side lying works well. A lot of the time when my babies were very small I would hold my breast to help them out, but next time I would do more laid back breastfeeding instead.
http://www.llli.org/faq/positioning.html this page shows the positions well. When I was first learning I mostly did the cradle, but with my second and third I did less of that, and when they get bigger it gets easier and easier.
As for bras, it will depend a bit on your breast type and specific size. For me, foam cups don't really work, which limits my options even further than size already does. Bella Materna makes some bras and lounge tops up to an I. The Bravado Sublime bra goes up to a J/K and I have a couple of Freya nursing bras which go up to HH. I like goddess bras, and I haven't actually tried their nursing bra but I would if a local store had them! herroom.com has a pretty good selection.
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Or if you sew, all they do is cut the bra strap and sew a hook and loop, just like the ones on the back of the bra, to the strap.
I have a short torso, so nursing pillows weren't helpful for me. My lap is the pillow.
Really big boobs mean that the baby's head might rest on your wrist instead of the crook of your arm. Don't worry, the numbness eventually goes away.
Rolled up prefolds/washcloths under the breast help with support while nursing. Bonus--they soak up boobsweat and milk drips. I tried one of the udder wedge support/pillow things, but preferred rolled cloth.
Sidelying was a godsend.
Time. Eventually your baby isn't quite so small and can help wrangle your giant boobs. Really.
It's tempting to try to control your baby if you have unruly breasts. Watch your positioning. I didn't realize I kept touching my son's head (top of it) while bringing him to breast. So he kept reflexively arching away, which upset him quite a bit. Once I realized I was triggering that reflex (it's a birthing reflex for them), I stopped touching his head or letting it touch the armrest of the couch and he was much happier.
Chasing DS since April 2007 and pumping for DD March 2013.
I have large breasts as well and was very nervous nursing at first.It sounds very strange but the lactation consultant at the hospital told me to gently squeeze down on my breast "like you squeeze down on a sandwhich to take a bite". The analogy really helped me to be less nervous and realize I just may have to help baby out a bit :) Best of luck! I also avoid nursing bras when I can (staying home etc) and wear nursing tanks- much more comfortable for me!