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5 Tips for Breastfeeding with Large Breasts

5 Tips for Breastfeeding with Large Breasts
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Breastfeeding can be a beautiful journey, but it can also come with unique challenges for moms with larger breasts. Whether you're Busty or Super Busty, it’s essential to find ways to make your breastfeeding experience as comfortable and successful as possible. Here are five tips to help you navigate nursing with confidence.

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1. Find the right nursing bra.

A great nursing & maternity bra is a game-changer for nursing moms with bigger breasts. Support and comfort are key, so look for a bra with adjustable straps and a wide band. A well-fitting bra will make you feel more comfortable and help you maintain breast health by preventing issues like clogged ducts and mastitis (a bra that's too tight may compress your milk ducts, affecting milk flow and milk supply). A good-fitting pumping bra is also essential for supporting flanges and maintaining the correct suction.

As moms, we understand the importance of a perfect fit, which is why we offer special Busty sizing in all of our nursing & maternity bras and Super Busty sizing in three best-selling styles (with more to come!).

What does "Busty" mean at Kindred Bravely? These bras are specially designed for larger breasts, providing more support for E through I cups. Busty is ideal for moms with smaller band sizes and larger cup sizes – or a small ribcage with a large bust. Our Busty bras cater to these specific needs, ensuring you find the perfect fit. 

Our Super Busty bras support sizes up to K cup and feature wider elastic straps, a tighter underband, and higher-tension thread for increased comfort and support. Some Super Busty bras also feature cushioned straps for added comfort.

2. Master the football hold.

The football hold is often recommended for breastfeeding with larger breasts because it allows better control and visibility than a traditional cradle hold might. To achieve this breastfeeding position, tuck your baby under your arm (on the same side as the breast you’re nursing from) and support their head with your hand. 

Use pillows to prop up your baby and your arm, ensuring both of you are comfortable. This position helps prevent your breast from covering your baby’s nose, allowing them to breathe easily and latch effectively.

Another great position for large breasted women is side lying (and it’s super comfy since you get to lie on your side). Read more here.

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3. Use supportive nursing pillows.

Speaking of pillows, supportive pillows can make a world of difference in your breastfeeding experience. A good nursing pillow can help position your baby at the right height, reducing strain on your back, neck, and shoulders. It also helps to keep your baby stable and secure, making it easier for them to latch. 

Busty and Super Busty moms might need additional pillows for adequate support and comfort. Experiment with different pillow shapes and sizes until you find what works best for you.

4. Practice good posture.

Maintaining good posture while nursing is crucial, especially if you have big boobs. Hunching over during nursing or pumping sessions can lead to back pain and discomfort. Instead, sit up straight and bring your baby to your breast rather than leaning forward. 

Use a chair with good back support and keep your feet flat on the floor or use a footstool. This alignment helps prevent back and neck strain.

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5. Seek professional support.

Don’t hesitate to seek breastfeeding support if you’re facing challenges. International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and certified lactation counselors (CLCs) are trained to help with various breastfeeding issues and can provide personalized advice tailored to your needs. 

They can offer guidance on latching techniques, positioning, and even recommend products that may be beneficial for Busty and Super Busty moms. Asking for breastfeeding help is a sign of strength and dedication to your breastfeeding journey.

Pumping and nursing with large breasts might require experimentation and extra support, but with the right tools and techniques, you can breastfeed for as long as you and your baby want, no matter your breast size.

Remember, every breastfeeding journey is unique, and what works for one mom might not work for another. Be patient with yourself and celebrate the small victories along the way.

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