Just like I never really gave much thought to what it feels like to breastfeed, I never gave a lot of thought to what breastfeeding does to your boobs. But then again, that might be because I'd never really had much in the way of boobs to consider. Many and many years ago, when I was fully involved in sports, I had a guy say to me, “The good news is I'll never be staring at your chest. Looking for your chest, maybe. But never looking at it.” While this might have been just a humorous comment, it was also a very real fact. Perhaps it was just a quirk of my genetic lottery, but I don’t have big boobs. Or medium boobs. I am squarely in the smallish boob category. I never did when I was younger, and after a long enough time, I finally gave up on my notions of having larger breasts as I got older — this is what my body was, for the long haul.
Life is different when you have smaller boobs. Well, for me, it’s the same as it's always been because I always have had small boobs, but many larger-breasted women have told me that my life is probably very different from theirs. For example, I’ve never had the need to wear a sports bra while running, bikini tops could easily be purchased in the kids section, and I’m yet to find a dress with a fitted chest area that I can wear without stuffing it to the brim with something other than my boobs, which never do an adequate job of taking up the allotted space on their own. But it’s not just daily life with small boobs that can be quirky; breastfeeding with small boobs has its own set of special experiences too. Here are some of the things that happen when you breastfeed with small boobs: