Size does not matter ...and other breastfeeding titbits.

Updated: Feb 10, 2021

Pardon the pun. Do you know......

Size does not matter

In every normal breast, it is the glandular tissue that makes milk. The fat that gives each woman her cup size protects the glandular tissue. The ratio of glandular tissue to intraglandular fat varies greatly between women. It is the amount of glandular tissue, not breast size, that determines the ability to make milk.

That said, larger breasts usually have larger storage capacity. A mother with smaller breasts may have to feed more frequently to keep up with baby's needs.

Breathing calmly helps breastfeeding

Less than 4 % of milk can be stored in the ducts, making milk ejections essential for removing milk. Since stress can inhibit milk ejection, being comfortable and relaxed helps milk flow. Hypnobirthing breathing techniques and visualisation can really help with this.

65 % of the glandular tissue lies within a 30 mm radius of the nipple base and the ducts reside close to the skin surface. Pressure on the ducts and tissue in this area can restrict milk flow. Restricted milk flow in the ducts sends a message that milk is not needed and hence, production ceases.

Your nipples don't need soap

The bumps on a pregnant/breastfeeding mother secrete an antibacterial oil to keep the nipple soft and supple. This is why you should not wash your nipples with soap because it will wash away these precious oils!

Your favourite position

Breastfeeding success is increased with learning the different positions you can breastfeed in. The cradle is most commonly imagined but side-lying and football can be a saviour when your arms are aching! View a video here.

45 minute breastfeeds can be normal

The 'normal' range of breastfeeding can be 5 mins to 45 mins long. Some babies cluster feed which feels like one breastfeed after another. Some babies are hungry, others may need the comfort that comes with suckling. Developing your instincts will be one of the most important things you do as a parent.

Milk changes according to your baby's needs

In hot weather, breastmilk tend to be more watery to quench a baby's thirst. (Do not feed your young bub water!) When there is bacteria/viruses around, antibodies are produced for the baby's protection. As baby gets older, the ratio between the types of protein in the breastmilk also changes.

Restart breastfeeding

You can re-establish breastfeeding after you have stopped breastfeeding. This is called relactation!

Breastfeeding is such a wonderful bonding experience if you choose to feed your baby this way. Wishing you all the best in your journey!

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