If you have big boobs, you may have spent your life feeling like you were going to be a natural at breastfeeding. After all, nursing a baby is the true evolutionary purpose of breasts, right? Unfortunately, big breasted women often feel more challenged when it comes to breastfeeding and pumping, according to international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) Leigh Anne O'Connor. It may be a little harder at first to get the pumping going, but there are definitely some helpful tips for pumping with big boobs that could really help you maneuver your large bosom.
In the same way that it's helpful to learn what assists large-breasted women when nursing, there are some pretty specific things you can do to help making pumping go a little smoother because like everything in life, it's about finding the right fit, the right procedures and the right equipment. Danielle Downs Spradlin, an IBCLC at Oasis Lactation Consultants recommends having a professional pump fitting done by a lactation consultant. When you are starting out, a commercial grade hospital pump can help establish your milk supply. These can be expensive, but there are options to rent, and as you continue, a hand-held pump or personal size electric pump could work just as well.
Pumping your large breasts can be very successful, though you may have to do a few extra things that smaller-chested women don't need to do before you start. If you know some mom friends who may be shaped like you, it never hurts to reach out to them and hear about their experiences, too. In the meantime, her are some helpful pumping tips for moms with big boobs.