Small breasts: Does size matter?

I am pregnant and would love to breastfeed my baby, but my breasts are extremely small. I have been told that size does not matter. Is this true?


Debbi Donovan

Debbi Donovan is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant, as well as a retired La Leche League Leader. For more than a decade, Debbi... Read more

Breast size doesn't matter. Larger breasts are made up of a larger proportion of fatty tissue. This of course has no effect on your milk production. It is very rare for a woman to be born with insufficient glandular tissue to be able to breastfeed her baby. (Actually, women with small breasts may find positioning easier than a larger breasted woman.)

Once your baby is born, you can be sure she is getting enough milk when:

  • She is nursing (effectively) at least 10 to 12 times each day
  • She wets at least three to four diapers each day by day three and has at least two to three bowel movements each day. By day six she should be wetting six to eight diapers each day with at least two to three bowel movements.
  • She loses no more than 10 percent of her birth weight, and gains it back by her two-week checkup.
  • After regaining to birth weight, she gains an average of four to eight ounces each week
  • She is a happy and healthy baby

Picture yourself breastfeeding your new baby, with your milk flowing abundantly, and allow yourself to put your worries to rest. My very best wishes to you and your family. Happy mothering!

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