Small breast

One Shocking Fact About Small Breast Nursing Mothers Must Know

Small breast

One Shocking Fact About Small Breast Nursing Mothers Must Know

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A health expert has said that women with small breasts produce a lot of Breast milk.

Dr Oluwatoyin Kuku explained that in fact, small breasts produce more milk than big breasts.

In a chat with PUNCH, the medical professional debunked the myth that women with small breasts cannot produce enough breast milk.

She explained that breast size has nothing to do with lactation.

Dr Kuku said that there is no relationship between the size of breast and milk production.

Her words:

“A small breast can produce more milk than a big breast.

“Usually, we would say genetic and other factors are what affects breast milk production after birth.

“That is why sometimes we encourage new mums to take lots of water and fluid. You’d hear people tell them to take pap and all that but mostly I think it has to do with individuality.”

An article published on Baby Care Centre confirmed Dr Kuku’s opinion.

Baby Care Centre which is an online platform for women to learn about pregnancies and motherhood said the size of the breast does not matter during lactation.

It said:

“The size of your breasts mostly depends on how much fatty tissue they contain. But fatty tissue doesn’t have anything to do with how your breasts make milk.

“To make and store breastmilk you need glandular tissue. This is laid down while you are pregnant. The vast majority of women have enough glandular tissue to breastfeed their babies.

“As your baby suckles, the hormone prolactin stimulates the mammary glands in your breasts to secrete milk. As your baby continues to feed, your body releases yet more prolactin. This places the order to your breasts to make enough milk for your baby’s next feed.”

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Dr Kuku advised new mothers struggling to lactate to allow their newborns to latch on their breasts. She said that this can help stimulate milk production.

She explained: “It takes days for some women to lactate after giving birth. In those cases, you’d allow the baby to latch on the breast for a few days to stimulate the breast to produce but some people are just lucky they start lactating immediately.”

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When such women are not lactating after birth, “we tell them to put the baby there and allow them to latch on the breast. so, when the baby sucks, the sucking reflex stimulates the milk production itself even if it is not coming out at that moment.”

The medical professional pleaded with breastfeeding mothers to allow infants to finish the content of one breast before switching them to the other breast.

She said this enables the children to get the required nutrients from one breast.

Dr Kuku said the duration spent on one breast is not important but the ability of the newborn to empty one breast before latching on to the other one.
Source: PUNCH Health Wise

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