BreastfeedingNursing your baby is a wonderful way to bond and deliver some great health benefits to your child. Nursing as a plus-size mom can present challenges other moms might not face or consider.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies be breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, and continued to be breastfed until one year. While breastfeeding is a healthy way to feed your baby, some women can’t or don’t wish to breastfeed and it’s important to know that formula fed babies are healthy, smart, and well-developed as well. Breastfeeding is a personal choice and one each mom must make for herself. This section is here to provide information about breastfeeding and support for all moms, whether they are nursing or bottle-feeding.

Nursing as a plus-size mom brings its own challenges. Plus-size moms may experience problems with milk supply, but research indicates that if you really want to nurse and keep on trying, your milk supply will increase. It can be difficult to find nursing bras and clothing in plus-sizes and bigger moms may also have some problems with positioning and latching. A lactation consultant is a must if you’re having any problems nursing.