April 2, 2008

Do Big Breasts Make More Milk?

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Question: Do Big Breasts Make More Milk? 

The simple answer to this question is no. However, size does matter in this situation. If you have small breasts, you will need to nurse a little more frequently to maintain your milk supply at the same level as those who have larger breasts. The science behind this principle goes something like this:

As your breasts become fuller, the tightness or engorgement of the breast tissue signals the milk producing glands to slow their milk production. Women who have larger breasts can hold more milk before their breasts begin to get engorged with too much milk. Keep in mind, however, that milk production is not solely governed by breast fullness or emptiness.

A bigger factor determining how much milk will be made is the stimulation that the breast receives from a nursing baby. During nursing, the breast is stimulated to produce more milk than when it otherwise would between feedings. Nursing is even more effective than using a breast pump. The key is emptying the breast as much as possible. However, you can’t empty it all the way, just like you can’t empty a river.

The more frequently the breasts are emptied, the more rapidly they will fill, and the more milk you will make in a 24 hour period. When a baby goes through a growing spurt she will nurse more frequently and often be cranky about how much milk she is getting, if she is not getting enough. As your milk supply catches up with your baby’s demand she will begin to nurse less often again, getting more milk at each feeding.

So as you can see, having big breasts does not determine how much milk you make on its own, but it may influence how often you need to nurse to maintain a certain amount of supply.

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February 15, 2009

irfan @ 2:00 pm

hi,

if the baby wants more milk and its in suffitient to the baby the mothers milk then wht is the solution

Jessica @ 7:23 pm

It depends on why the mother doesn’t have enough. Most of the time, a mother just needs to breastfeed more often. The baby will go through growing spurts, and most of the time, the milk supply will increase just fine in a day or two if the mom nurses the baby as often as it wants.

If that doesn’t solve the problem, then you need to see a lactation consultent for more help.

December 11, 2009

terna @ 4:56 pm

the information was very helpful but how soon after bath does the milk start flowing very well?

April 19, 2011

ges @ 4:04 am

yes it dos i have big brests and i had lot more milk then my frend had smal brests.

nicke @ 4:06 am

not at all……………………………………..

April 24, 2011

Jen @ 6:48 am

It is a good thing spelling does not relate to milk production.

February 27, 2012

ang @ 10:22 am

with my son i was pumping about 8oz just days after having him and my breast would be engorged bout an hr and a half after im a double d so i agree with ges

October 12, 2012

reg @ 9:55 pm

I totally agree. Same goes for grammar!

November 11, 2012

100% Chicolini @ 1:39 pm

My girlfriend has enormous breasts. We’re gonna have milk for DAYS.
I’m a real man. That’s how I snagged a woman like that

December 1, 2012

Rod @ 6:48 pm

my wife has small breasts and the mild was squirting all over the place…so funny when she walked topless…

December 20, 2012
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Dee @ 10:10 am

Congratulations to all you new mothers and fathers.

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