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Old 04-07-2012, 01:09 PM   #1
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Breastfeeding with large breasts

Sorry if this is TMI but I need help. I have size I breasts. That means whenever I feed DD, one hand is supporting her head and one hand is squeezing my boob so it doesn't smother her and so she can keep a good latch. This makes it very difficult to feed in public and I cannot even begin to imagine how to feed her while wearing her. Please give me some advise. Thank you!

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Old 04-07-2012, 01:19 PM   #2
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Well my boobs are not quite that large and I have 112+months nursing and I have NEVER been able to nurse hands free while wearing. I have used a front carry with various carriers and held my breast with my left hand so that I could eat with my right hand. NIP can be tough with ginormous boobs. It is not for everyone. I am sure there are some busty mamas that wear and feed but I think a lot depends on breast shape.
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:40 PM   #3
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Re: Breastfeeding with large breasts

I am not that large but I usually support DS head in the crook of my elbow or use a Boppy to lay him on his side. When he is supported in my elbow, I use my opposite hand to support my breast or no hand after careful positioning. When in public, I drape a blanket over my shoulder and his head & across my chest area. I have found thru trial and error (and experience), that I can usually get his head positioned in such a way that he can stay latched on, keep his nose area open and still use my hand with just periodic repositionings of my breast when DS moves when using the Boppy. But, in public, I generally don't have the Boppy so I usually still hold the breast but prop DS & my elbow on my leg so he sits up higher (ankle on opposite knee). Also, when I use the Boppy, I can usually just lay him on his side, let the pillow do the head supporting and use the hand that is on the same side as the breast he is nursing to hold my breast. That frees up my opposite hand.
I have never even attempted to nurse while he is in his Ergo. I, personally, don't see how I can with my breasts as large as they are. If I had a sling, I might try it at home until I was comfortable but with him in his Ergo, I would feel too exposed and worry about his positioning and latch.
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If you lean WAY back when nursing, your chest muscles will support your breast and the only difficulty is with positioning your baby low enough to be at nipple level. I am a J cup and nursed my second 100% of the time one handed. I still haven't figured out nursing comfortably in the sling, but I can do it when necessary. I usually do a foot ball hold in a ring sling if I have to. It just isn't 100% comfortable, but it is functional.
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Old 04-08-2012, 07:20 AM   #5
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Did you know they make a portable boppy now ? It folds up into a little pouch I wish I knew this web the baby was a newbie. I always used my diaper bag I help prop him up when away from home.

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Re: Breastfeeding with large breasts

I usually get up to F cup while breastfeeding and I believe it always requires two hands to feed unless the child is older and holding the breast itself while eating (mine always did this at least) when they were younger instead of holding my breast I'd more so hold the top or press my finger down and keep it away from their nose. Thier latch was strong so I never really had to keep my hand anywhere but from holding my breast out of their noses once properly latched. It got second nature once we got to feeding in public and I'd cover with a blanket but never carrying.
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I usually get up to F cup while breastfeeding and I believe it always requires two hands to feed unless the child is older and holding the breast itself while eating (mine always did this at least) when they were younger instead of holding my breast I'd more so hold the top or press my finger down and keep it away from their nose. Thier latch was strong so I never really had to keep my hand anywhere but from holding my breast out of their noses once properly latched. It got second nature once we got to feeding in public and I'd cover with a blanket but never carrying.
this... I have H (possibly I) cup right now and i have to use a boppy (can nurse laying down ok without.) baby just lays on the boppy and that frees up one hand siince sometimes i need both to position everything just right. I have a very tough time nursing with no boppy... i just saw they make a portable boppy but i already bought a https://www.facebook.com/#!/Covillow which having used only twice i LOVE. it is kind of expensive but i got 20% off when i liked it and ordered on facebook, not sure they still have that going? the pillow is not huge but it works well for me.






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so far i haven't been able to nurse while using a carrier, if i find something that works i''ll let you know.

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Old 04-09-2012, 02:52 AM   #8
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Well I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one. I use the My Brest Friend pillow. I LOVE it and it does free up one hand. I haven't gotten my sling er so er will see how it goes. Thank you for the tips though!
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Re: Breastfeeding with large breasts

I would always BF DD in a football hold. I would have to put up the footstool of the recliner, rest her on the arm of the chair, support her body and head with one hand and my breast with the other. I did NIP a few times, but I always needed something to prop my DD and elbow on.
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