Before I had my first baby, I did everything I could to prepare for breastfeeding. I took classes, read books, bought a breastfeeding pillow, and watched YouTube videos. It turns out, it's impossible to really "practice" before your baby gets here, and your breastfeeding breasts might not look like the one's in the videos or books. In other words, you might have to try a few different positions before you find one that works. Thankfully, there's actually a list of the breastfeeding positions for large breasts for you to choose from.
It turns out, breastfeeding is definitely not a one-size-fits-all experience, especially when it comes to breast size. According to the International Lactation Consultant Association, breastfeeding moms with large breasts may face different challenges and, as a result, prefer different positions for breastfeeding their babies. And because it may be difficult to get a good latch, or to get comfortable, you may need to try different positions and use pillows or other accessories to find the right position for you and your baby. Anne Smith, International Board Certified Breastfeeding Consultant (IBCLC) recommends that large-breasted nursing moms pay particular attention to latch, to ensure that their babies are able to get a good portion of the areola into their mouths, to prevent nipple pain, and to ensure that they are able to transfer milk effectively.
Finding the right position for you and your baby will depend on a few factors, and may require a bit of trial and error. If you have large breasts, experts suggest that the following holds might be a good place to start: