Mummy does Dallas – your porn boobs

Fondly known as “porn boobs” in our circle of friends, your post pregnancy breasts are going to be hard to miss.  Breast milk is produced on a supply and demand system, but it takes a few days or even weeks for your body to smooth out the whole process.  This means that for most (but not all) of you, as your mature milk “comes in” over the first week, you’re going to be experiencing a whole new delight – engorged breasts (aka giant bazookas). 

This can be caused by more fluids in your breasts (“venous engorgement”) and by the actual milk itself.  Never fear, they will deflate…slightly.  Breastfeeding mums do sport larger than usual mammaries (bountiful beachballs) but once your body and your baby sync up, they should be a bit more manageable.  And for mums who are not breastfeeding, just a heads-up that your girls are not immune to change and gravity either!  Changes in your breast tissue are triggered by the changes in hormones that happen during pregnancy and labour, so even if you’ve decided not to breastfeed your boobs will still be preparing for it!

“I definitely didn’t expect the sheer discomfort of my milk coming in.  My boobs felt like they were full of lead and were expanding way more than I thought possible – even filling out under my arms, which made sleeping on anything but my back seriously difficult.  And I didn’t even get to enjoy that I went from an A cup to a very decent D cup seemingly overnight!  The good news girls, is that they do settle down after a few days – even though at the time it feels like forever!” (R.)

For some quick ideas on things to help you relieve the discomfort:

  • Avoid lying on your tummy in bed.
  • Hand express off a little milk in the shower or just before a feed, to allow baby to latch on more effectively.
  • Warm or cold flannels.
  • Mild pain relief – paracetamol.
  • Cabbage leaves (yep we’re not kidding) can help – just pop a leaf inside your bra (remove before they’re cooked 😉 )
  • Feed baby whenever they are hungry rather than sticking to a clock-driven routine – this helps get breastfeeding established and your milk supply settled in. You can always switch to a routine later if you want to.
  • Don’t stop feeding bubs, this will make engorgement worse and can jeopardise your milk supply.

You may find your partner is mesmerised by your swollen breast tissue (monster melons).  Don’t worry, this is normal.  Just set some guidelines while they’re still painfully tender such as look but don’t touch!  Are you feeling unsexy about your maternal mammaries?  Even more than the rest of your body, your breasts are undergoing a massive identity change – from sexy come-hither-man-bringer to giant dairy producing udder entities (did someone say udders?!). Some women are able to hold the two identities together comfortably but for many it’s quite normal for breasts become non-sexual zones for a while at least.

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Posted on September 28, 2011, in Feeding, Mum's health. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I found this happened with baby no.2. I was over confident in my breastfeeding abilities. After feeding baby no.1 till they were 1, I was casual in my latching of baby no.2. I can relate to the quote by “R”, my breasts really did feel like lead, and it was uncomfortable and painful. Once I got my breastfeeding sorted out, and I took the time to “learn” again, things settled down. Breastfeeding was very sore at the beginning with baby no.2, so when baby no.3 and no.4 came along, I made sure that I did things differently. I read up again on breastfeeding, I watched videos again, and this time, I would not let the baby latch on unless I had a really good position. I wasn’t afraid to try-try-try again.
    Thankfully, I was able to avoid the painful experience with baby no.2.

  2. Gosh it brings it all back. I sent my darling hubby out for savoy cabbages and it really did work! Great post thanks.

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