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32J boobs - how to breastfeed in public?!

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shouldIbecrossaboutthis Mon 22-Oct-12 12:41:25

so my boobs are officially massive, they were 32dd before so quite large but now they are mammoth.

Do get them out of my bra is no easy task, I have to hoist them out! Does anyone have any tips on how I can use one hand to hold the baby, one to get my boob out and maintain some modesty. I don't mind giving them a quick flash, it's the swinging in the breeze look I'm trying to avoid.

StarlightMcKenzie Mon 22-Oct-12 12:45:32

I am mahoosive.

I undo clip, tuck bra cup under boob by puting own hand up top. when boob is free and loose in top then pick up baby, get him in place and quick flip up t-shirt and latch on.

notMarlene Mon 22-Oct-12 12:50:58

Yup, that's what I always did too.

shouldIbecrossaboutthis Mon 22-Oct-12 12:57:42

hmm ok, I will give it a go. Do you attempt to cover your boob whilst feeding?

notMarlene Mon 22-Oct-12 13:06:27

In my case it was vest down (under the boob) top draping down over / round it and DCs head doing the rest of the covering. Did faff about with muslins for a while but generally ended up more exposed that way.

Maybe have a crack in front of the mirror - discrete feeding with enormo-norks is well doable!

Pochemuchka Mon 22-Oct-12 13:08:18

I always did the over/under top thing (32H when feeding)
So vest on under t shirt. Vest down, under boob, bra undone, under boob, t shirt/top pulled up - minimum boob/no mum tum on show, baby latches on. Job done. grin

You'll soon be an expert!

madeuplovesong Mon 22-Oct-12 13:45:12

Similar size to you and was terrified of feeding in public for weeks! Echo all the advice above especially about vest down/top, most breast feeding tops seem to give a really weird shape. Most important thing though is to relax and not worry. Nobody is looking and if they do, they will soon look away. I also found that once I was in public with a hungry baby some kind of instinct kicks in: you know you've got to feed the baby and not even the prospect of people seeing your boobs will stop you. Good luck, its much easier than you think it will be!

Clumsasaurus Mon 22-Oct-12 14:19:58

Google breastvest, they will give your tummy coverage so you can hoist up a t shirt, the folds of the shirt will give you some modesty and DC will cover the rest :-) god luck!

Clumsasaurus Mon 22-Oct-12 14:20:17

Oops good luck!

flipflopson5thavenue Mon 22-Oct-12 15:36:51

Im 34J (was 32G pre baby) and I know what you mean about hoiking them out of the cup. Haven't found a quick or easy way yet one handed. One advantage though is that I can keep DS comfortably in the crook of my arm and resting on my knee while he feeds as boobs are nice and droopy! Have seen friends having to hold their babies really high up as their tiny boobs are pert and all the way up there!

SilverSky Mon 22-Oct-12 16:02:01

Ds2 fidgets badly. He won't lie on the crook of my arm like ds1. Bf'ing in public can be traumatic!

idontliketeailikegin Mon 22-Oct-12 16:20:13

BF with big norks traumatic full stop, I found. Fortunately second time round the midwives/health visitors weren't quite so pushy, as had just about died after giving birth so keeping myself and baby alive more important than BF'ing.

Baby couldn't latch on to such masssive knockers anyway. Agony all round. Cow and Gate to the rescue.

StarlightMcKenzie Mon 22-Oct-12 16:21:52

No. Bf in front of a table, baby on lap, boob hanging down under table.

shouldIbecrossaboutthis Mon 22-Oct-12 16:49:21

I have to feed my baby quite upright (he's a chucker upper) so hiding under the table doesn't work sad. I'm not bothered if people see my boobs, they are only boobs. I just don't want confrontation over it and if it looks like I'm making no effort to be discreet I'm worried that might invite comments?

I wish my babies head covered the rest, his head covers my nipple and areola but there is still a bulbous expanse of boob above him! That breastvest looks handy as it's really the removing of my boob from my vest I struggle with.

I might also invest in a plain scarf then I can whip boob out, cover with scarf, get baby poised, lift scart, latch, cover mountain boob above head with scarf?

There is no way I can feed him between layers of my clothes as he is the hottest baby on the planet and would melt I think.

GrimAndHumourless Mon 22-Oct-12 18:07:28

I used to drape a muslin kind of over the front of my body, from the shoulder down, kind of swooping it below the baby and across tummy, almost making a C shape with the baby in the middle of the C. Hard to explain, sorry!

my boobs started at my chin and ended at waistband

also, I PROMISE, there will be no confrontations

aamia Tue 23-Oct-12 21:50:23


newbielisa Tue 23-Oct-12 22:20:23

I'm 2 weeks off having DC2 and was never comfortable feeding in public with DD.

Try googling nursing cover or hooter hider as known in America. Boots sell 1 for £28 but I'm making my own. By I'm making read I bought lovely material and necessary equipment and have passed to my Mum to do it.

It has corset boning at the "neckline" so doesn't lie flat on baby and gives you a gap to peep down.

Softlysoftly Wed 24-Oct-12 11:20:05

I have 48F boobs, I do best top and nursing cup down under my top then whip top just above nipple and latch on. As I have to hold myfloppy boob I just hook my top over my thumb that is above nipple. That way baby covers nipple, top covers boob, nothing covers baby.

I tried the scarf/muslin thing but it just ended with me rummaging around like I was in a tent, it slipping off, baby getting pissed off as she hates to be covered and I may as well have stood up and yelled

"HEY HEY look at me failing to comfortably feed, here norms give the nice folks a wave"

Softlysoftly Wed 24-Oct-12 11:21:23

*Norks not norms. Calling my breasts Norman would be odd.

luckysocks Wed 24-Oct-12 18:40:06

I do the same as newbielisa. Had lots of positive comments on it. I've had 2 wrigglers and feel self conscious without it. With it, there's just no issue.

Napsalot Wed 24-Oct-12 19:01:14

I use a nursing cover as suggested above -its great as the top sticks out enough for you to see baby but no one else can. And as it hangs around your neck it is easy to switch sides etc without exposing yourself. (You can get them from the Etsy website).

digerd Thu 25-Oct-12 06:47:02

I always wanted big boobs but never got them. And yes, it was very difficult breast feeding with enlarged small boobs as were like rock. Yes, and nipples were pointing upwards, so had to painfully try to push them down so baby could latch on.
I thought how ridiculous nature was as babies are not slung over your shoulder from the back to suckle upside down !!

Good luck to you all.

whatsoever Thu 25-Oct-12 09:11:41

I've only been home from hospital 4 days so haven't fed in public yet but the thought of it is stressing me out as in hospital/ at home I just whack a boob out as DS fusses a lot latching on multiple times.

I've ordered one of those nursing cover things from ebay. Even if I only use it half a dozen times before I get my confidence I figured it will be a price worth paying to get out and about without getting anxious about feeding time. DS is too fussy for a draped muslin to stay in place & needs to swap boobs on 75% of feeds.

(Mine are only 36E by the way, but pre-preg I was never more than a B cup so they feel giant & pendulous to me!)

shouldIbecrossaboutthis Thu 25-Oct-12 09:35:09

I did it yesterday! Twice! I figure out I don't have to pull my vest and bra all the way down, just out of the way of the nipple. I don't think anyone saw anything much either. Hooray!

SilverSky Thu 25-Oct-12 22:01:29

That's what I do. I found a feeding cover just stressed me and dc2 out. The gap to look thru was never in the right place. Dc2 would scream blue bleeding murder whilst I got my boob out/him under the cover then. Stress city.

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