5 Breastfeeding Tips for Busty Moms

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There is this myth that the bigger your breasts, the more milk your baby will have. It's just exactly that, though — a myth. Breastfeeding, whether you have large or small breasts, takes some practice to get the hang of holding your baby and making sure they're latching right. But for bustier moms, there can be a little more trial and error in the process.

If you're a busty new mom, here are my tips on how to make breastfeeding a little easier — from a fellow busty mom.

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Find a bra that actually fits.

Finding a supportive bra is crucial for any woman and even more so for one who is breastfeeding. When you're bustier, it can be hard to find a bra that actually fits, but it's important to make sure you find one. There are many available, and in having one that fits, you'll protect yourself from clogged ducts or worse — mastitis. Also, it's going to help your back in a major way.

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Support your breast with one hand.

Trying to figure out how to hold your newborn and not suffocate them with your breast can be intimidating, but it's going to be just fine. Practice the “c-hold” by holding the breast your baby is going to latch to with one hand while holding your baby with the other. This will help make sure your breast and your baby are both supported. La Leche League has an article that outlines how to do the c-hold properly, making sure you don't pinch the areola.

When your baby is older, they may have more muscle control and the c-hold won't be as necessary, but 18 months in, I'm still doing the c-hold myself.

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Try out different positions.

Some positions don't work well for ladies with bigger breasts, like the cradle hold, but practice them all. I prefer the lay-down (which is awesome for those all-night breastfeeding sessions) or the football hold for when the baby is really little.

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Invest in a good nursing pillow.

Having a great nursing pillow is necessary for when your baby is little because it will help your back and your arms. Trying to figure out how to hold a little baby and help your muscles heal from pregnancy takes time; build up the practice slowly.

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Pay careful attention to the latch.

There was a random time in the middle of the night when my baby latched on while I was sleeping (we co-sleep), but in the morning, I realized he didn't quite hit the mark. I had a huge bruise just off the side of my areola where he latched wrong but didn't care. Paying attention to your baby's latch to make sure they get a good amount of areola, not just nipple, will ensure your baby gets the milk they want and save your breast from trauma.

Do you have any tips to offer? Share in the comments!

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5 Breastfeeding Tips for Busty Moms

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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