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Can someone explain to me WTF this is???????

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suwoo Fri 27-Feb-09 17:33:23

I am trying to expand my knowledge on bf, ready for the arrival of my third DC in August, whom I will succeed at breast feeding (with the help of MN!)

Anyway, doing some random surfing and came across this product. It is called a 'booby booster breastfeeding sling' and apparently it is especially suited to larger breasted women and helps to keep your nipple in the babys description here

Does ths belong with the heated wipe warmers et al?

suwoo Fri 27-Feb-09 17:47:49


suwoo Fri 27-Feb-09 18:43:08

<<humph>> Well I thought it was interesting.

daisydora Fri 27-Feb-09 18:49:09

WTF....I can't get my head around that picture either. I'll stick with my shawl.

plantsitter Fri 27-Feb-09 18:50:07

It looks ace to me! I was fantasizing about inventing something similar this morning as i was feeding DD 2 handedly.

If I've actually understood what it does, that is!

malfoy Fri 27-Feb-09 18:50:19

how bizarre! how large breasted do you have to be?

HeadFairy Fri 27-Feb-09 18:52:45

I think what it does is hoik your boob up. I am large of breast and I always needed two hands, one to hold ds and one to hold up my boob. I think this just lifts it up a bit so you can bf one handed

suwoo Fri 27-Feb-09 18:53:03

OK then plantsitter, how does it work?

suwoo Fri 27-Feb-09 18:53:42

x posted headfairy. How does it work though?

Lizzzombie Fri 27-Feb-09 18:54:29

Well, in all my days, I've never seen one of those before!
Very good idea, would certainly have come in 'handy' with my 34K engorged norks when BFing. Either that or a 3rd hand anyway!

HeadFairy Fri 27-Feb-09 18:55:14

I'm imagining it's a bit like a bra but without the fabric that covers your boob iyswim. Just the frame as it were, to support your boob.

suwoo Fri 27-Feb-09 18:55:49

Well I'm a 30FF when not pg or nursing, so maybe I should get one? Still can't decipher the photo though??

suwoo Fri 27-Feb-09 18:56:29

Ahh, I see what you mean headfairy- would you invest in one though?

thisisyesterday Fri 27-Feb-09 18:57:00

it's excellent. i do know of people who have made their own makeshift boob "slings"

if you have big boobs, like me, you will find that especially when feeding a newborn it's a real 2 handed job because you need to support boob with one hand and hold babny with the other

this is designed to lift boob up so you don't have to do that.
you can also usea rolled up muslin under breast, or one of those breast pillow things under it to get the same effect

SamJamsmum Fri 27-Feb-09 18:57:26

I am acually an L cup and I have never held my breast in any way. Even when my babies were teeny tiny. I brought 'baby to breast' and breast didn't really move at all. Baby was on my lap, in my arms, on pillow, on bed. Breast was where it always was!
But if this product helps some people and helps people to breastfeed for longer and more comfortably then fabulous. I think though that some people who feel they have to hold their breast may just benefit from some time with a bf counsellor or anyone who could show them some different thoughts about positioning.

HeadFairy Fri 27-Feb-09 18:57:48

Hmmm dunno. I would perhaps have just spent a bit more time trying to find a good sling for bfing. But I was all thumbs when I started bfing so perhaps it might have helped. I do blush when I think how many cushions I had to use!

plantsitter Fri 27-Feb-09 18:58:30

Well if it is what I think, it holds your boob up so the nipple is in the right place and you don't have to hold it.

HeadFairy Fri 27-Feb-09 19:00:11

samjamsmum - without making myself sound hideous, due to the size of mine (not actually that giant, an E cup) the nipple is sometimes underneath the boob if you see what I mean. God that makes me sound like I'm dragging them along the floor blush If I brought baby to bosom I'd suffocate him

plantsitter Fri 27-Feb-09 19:00:11

x posted with a zillion people. For me the issue is not so much big boobs (though they are) but droopy ones, sigh.

suwoo Fri 27-Feb-09 19:00:51

Lots of good advice on this thread though now about holding boob- my friend also told me this week that you should lower boob to baby. You learn something new every day. It was actually slings to breast feed in when I came across this contraption invention.

suwoo Fri 27-Feb-09 19:01:56

I'm lucky although mine are big, my nips are still high up. Hope you'll all be here to help me in August.

HeadFairy Fri 27-Feb-09 19:05:26

Crikey, if I'd lowered boob to babe I'd have killed him for sure.

Plantsitter, I'm the same. I eventually brought him to the right sort of level and then lifted the boob to be level with his mouth.

thisisyesterday Fri 27-Feb-09 19:10:19

i wouldn't lower boob to baby because you'll just do your back in.

samjamsmum, I actually disagree with what you've said there.
positioning is very important, and if your boobs are big then it is qutie often hard to get good positioning.
and it also makes it easier to get a good latch if you are holding boob up and can get a good view of what baby is doing
it sounds liek you were lucky with being able to just not bother. but plenty of people DO need to support the breast.

it isn't a case of just seeing a breastfeeding counsellor. I saw several, all of whom suggested supporting my breast!
and i've seen it suggested by BFC's on here and other sites.

what works for you works for you. but please don't assuemt hat everyone is the same

SamJamsmum Fri 27-Feb-09 19:10:57

I see your point. It's more about nipple position than size BUT I still think some people are holding unnecessarily. I've seen some people lift-twist their boob very bizarrely in order to be able to see their nipple and the latch-on. Sometimes you have to 'dangle' and give the baby a go at latching on, using a mirror until you get more confident perhaps.

suwoo Fri 27-Feb-09 19:19:38

<<head falls off>> It really is such a minefield, maybe I shouldn't read quite so much.

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