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Will my boobs stay this big???

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Catsu Sun 28-Aug-11 12:38:36

I need to get nursing bras as have none that fit! But not sure how the size changes after the first few days.

Pre baby I was size 32dd so quite big anyway.
Throughout the pregnancy I went up loads in size and towards the end was 34gg
baby is now 5 days old and my milk has come in, my boobs are ginormous. I've ordered a bra in 36h a couple of days ago thinking that would be fine but I'm not sure now that if will if boobs stay this big!!!

Is this engorgment and likely to go down a bit after a few days? Or will just the hot hard feeling go away and the size stay huge even after a few days?
What normally happens???

VeraCanSignChocolateAndWine Sun 28-Aug-11 12:46:32

Yes they will go down. Mine were ginumbous (real word honest) when my milk can in, but they settled shrunk down once feeding was established. So maybe in a week or so, they will not be quite so full. As milk is produced on a supply-demand basis.

eaglewings Sun 28-Aug-11 12:58:08

They will go down initially and then again as you reduce supply. They may not go back to pre p size.

Try cabbage leaves inside your bra between feeds. I heard this when feeding DS but didnt believe it. Tried it with dd and was amazed at how much it helped.

ChunkyPickle Sun 28-Aug-11 13:08:21

In contrast to these two ladies, I'm still an enormous HH a year later (feeding has reduced, but not finished)

I do remember that for the first couple of weeks, before they settled down they were big beachballs - hard and engorged, but whilst they're no-longer the same ridiculous shape, the volume still leaves me needing an HH..

I'm hoping that when the little guy finally decides to give in they'll go down a bit, because they actually get in the way of me touching my toes!

idlevice Sun 28-Aug-11 13:19:51

I swear my boobs were as big as my head when my milk came in! It doesn't last tho. As an alternative to cabbage leaves try freezing face flannels & placing them in your bra. They are quite malleable & cos of the heat evaporating the water they don't end up making you all soggy. I eventually got back to my pre bf-ing size a few months after stopping bf-ing, after about 2 yrs.

ChunkyPickle Sun 28-Aug-11 18:02:24

blush I know mine were the size of my head, because in a fit of madness I tried the bra on as a hat.....

and it was baggy.......

pookamoo Sun 28-Aug-11 18:07:50

You should really get yourself measured by a trained bf bra fitter. If you were a 32 before you were pg, you are very unlikely to be a 36 (although not impossible!)

Try your local nct, you can find their phone number online, and might even come to you at home for a fitting (I do this).

It's hard to say whether they will stay as big, but the hard, engorged feeling should go away after a few days - your baby is just getting you up to maximum volume!

Congratulations on the new baby, by the way! smile


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EauRouge Sun 28-Aug-11 18:14:40

I was busting out of a 32GG 4 or 5 days after DD2 was born. Now she is 6 mo I am happily back in a 30F which is what I was pre-pregnancy. Once your supply regulates you'll have a better idea of what bra size you need.

Daisy1986 Mon 29-Aug-11 21:16:27

When I got measuered for my nursing bras at the end of pregnancy to go down a back size and up 2 cup sizes went from a 38 C to 36 DD once nursing. As your ribs returne to their normal position but your boobs get bigger obv.

Meglet Mon 29-Aug-11 21:18:35

They'll go down in time. I was still quite hefty when DD was 3 months, I realised that when I went on the running machine. All back to normal now (3yrs on).

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