Can my big breasts be suffocating baby during feedings?

Is it impossible? No, it's not. If baby can't breathe while breastfeeding, having large breasts may be the culprit, but it's also easily managed.

The "C" hold is your best friend, especially in the early months when baby is unable to position his or herself very much. The "C" hold is when you literally make your hand into a "C" to optimize nipple access and hold back the extra breast flesh. It aids baby in latching well without worrying about breathing issues.

Large breasted women may need to experiment with feeding positions. The football hold with younger babies is helpful, as you can tilt baby's face away from the extra breast flesh. A nursing pillow can help support babies in a variety of positions.

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    05/30/14
    8Theresa Gould
    They seem to manage just fine but depending on the position it does seem like they will suffocate at times.
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