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    Default Breast feeding with large breasts...

    Hi ladies,
    First time mum 4 weeks into our breast feeding journey, and it's been a tough slog! He's still not attaching properly, my nipples are really sore..

    Anyway, the midwife at the hospital told me the reason he's having so much trouble is because "my breasts are too big to feed him properly".

    Has anyone else experienced this, challenges of baby attaching because there's just too much to attach to?

    If so, how did you overcome it?

    I REALLY want to breast feed, but it's getting to the point where I wince ' cringe at every feed because it hurts so much, I can't go on like that....

    Any tips/ advice/ stories to share would be appreciated

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    Glad you posted this. What does midwife consider too large that makes it difficult to breastfeed. I wear a 14G bra at the moment and have been worried about this.

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    A midwife told you your breasts are too big to feed
    I have G size boobs, H during feeding and fed FINE!! Look up different positions for feeding, the 'football hold' is a good one for large breasts.

    A feeding pillow is the best thing for feeding too (not sure whether just for big breasts but it was great for me.
    It takes some time to find the best position for you and bub. The most important thing (i think) is to make sure bub opens his mouth wide. Tickle his upper lip with your nipple til he opens wide then put as much of your nipple/areola into his mouth!

    hang in there, its takes some time to get the hang of it!

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    My advice is to see a lactation consultant. Midwives are known to not know what they're talking about. I have 14I breasts and feed fine, and they were even bigger when my milk came in. Was tricky at the start but once I knew what I was doing it was fine. My SIL also has ginormous breasts and has fed two babies.

    Get some help with the latch, I promise it won't be painful as soon as you get that part sorted!

    Ps what also helped me was watching YouTube vids of attachment


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    I have 14H boobs and DS and I were breastfeeding champions. For the first few weeks I fed him using the football hold and eventually swapped to across the body feeding when DS was 4-5 weeks. I too used a pillow to feed.

    I fed DS till he was 15.5 months old without drama.

    Try calling the ABA hotline for advise as your problems with feeding would have nothing to do with the size of your boobs.

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    I'm a HH and haven't had a problems. Only thing I find different to my friends is I need 2 hands to feed DD. I've just got to lift my boob a bit off her nose or it blocks it. Other than that boob size is completely irrelevant I personally feel.

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    I think its sad that this midwife told you your breasts were too big to feed properly! I have a F cup which is about a G while breastfeeding and never had any problems. Yes the first 6 weeks are tough, and it can hurt and sometimes attaching properly is tricky, as PP has said, I would experiment with different holds and positions, lots of pillows and if you can, contact the ABA, they are AMAZING! Can't praise them enough, the mum2mum hotline saved me!

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    I want to slap that stupid midwife! What an idiot she is to say a thing like that, and as pp mentioned, I would suggest you contact the ABA. (phone 1800 mum 2 mum) They give much MUCH better advice than hospital midwives. The hospital midwives told me on day 4 I had "feeding issues" but never told me what they thought I was doing wrong. Just said my baby was going to lose too much weight. 10 days later the ECHN told me my baby was gaining too much weight and I should start restricting his feeds. My 2 week old son! On a diet? I don't effing think so! Needless to say I got ALL my feeding advice through ABA after that!
    Or contact a lactation consultant. You gotta get the latch right pronto. Then your nipples will heal and you'll be able to feed without pain. The size of your breasts might influence the hold you use, but it certainly doesn't mean you can't feed. My wife has large breasts and she always used the football or underarm hold. I have B cup pre-pregnancy and E now - still feeding our 19mo and I find the football hold very difficult. I can count on one hand the number of times I've been able to do it, and have fingers left over, so perhaps that particular hold is better suited to larger breasts.
    Many, maybe even most? mums have trouble getting the right latch at the start. I found as bub got bigger and his mouth grew it was easier to latch. Obviously as time passed we both had more practise, but I actually think his head growing helped the most. At the start his mouth was so small compared to my nipple, of course latching was tricky! I also found baby led attachment easier than trying to get them to open their mouth then shoving the nipple in. There are videos about it - not sure if they are on u tube but I'm pretty sure the ABA library has it. Think you need to join to use the library. Basically get bub in a position where they can reach your nipple then relax and give bub time to find it themselves. It works best if bub isn't famished, so maybe try when offering the second side to start. Good luck!
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    I'm a 12G/12H and feed no problems. Had normal sort of issues with attachment at the beginning but all ok by a couple of weeks in.

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    It's nothing to do with your breast size the only thing that may effect feeding is the nipple size as this is the only part to enter the baby's mouth. I was a 14i when breastfeeding and only started with a shield as my nipples were slightly flat. Once feeding was established I didn't need the shield


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