Re: Breast size and milk production
Hi. I don't want to sound patronizing, so if I'm explaining this too simply, please don't take it wrong. So here goes. Breasts are primarily milk glands and fat. When I said "breast tissue," I guess I was just trying to say "fat" in a more polite way. Small breasted women have the same amount of milk glands that large breasted women have. When prenant, your hormones activate these milk glands and they develop and get larger in all women. There are all sorts of reasons why some women are successful at breast feeding and some aren't. Some reasons for problems are: a baby that doesn't "latch on" and feed well right away. This is perceived as "lack of demand" by the mother's body, and her glands slow down their milk production. Also other things, like poor diet, can influence milk production. Have you seen some moms that breast feed their kids until they're a year or older? They can do that because when their breasts are emptied of milk, it's a signal to the mother's body to keep producing lots of milk. When a woman wants to quit nursing, she'll start substitute some of the breast feedings with bottle feedings. Since the breast isn't emptied of it's milk, it sends a signal to her body to slow down the production. That's what I mean by supply and demand. But whether you have more or less fat in your breasts shouldn't dictate your milk production. Hope I helped...
p.s. - you wanted to know why, if larger breasts don't produce more, then why do some girls have them. It's just body type. Often really lean women have flat chests simply because they don't have a lot of body fat. Also, some people believe that curvy breasts and hips on women are like broad shoulders on men-- it's an evolutionary signal to the opposite sex-- just like a buck deer has those big horns that attract all the does. It's just nature at work. <p>[This message has been edited by redfox (edited 06-05-2001).]