Breast Anatomy and Breast Milk Production

Breasts are glands consisting of connective and fatty tissues supporting and protecting the breast milk producing areas of the breast. Breast milk is produced in small clusters of cells called alveoli. Breast milk travels down milk ducts to the milk sinuses. Milk sinuses act as a breast milk collection reservoir. Breast milk sinuses are located behind the areola, the pigmented area around your nipple.

Breastfeeding success has nothing to do with breast size, nipple size or nipple type. Breast size is an inherited trait and determined by the number of fat cells. Breasts will enlarge with pregnancy and breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is a supply and demand process. The more you nurse the more breast milk you produce!

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What Happens During Lactation

Breast Size and Breastfeeding:

Breastfeeding with Small Breasts
Breastfeeding and Small Breast Milk Storage Capacity
Breastfeeding and Large Breast Milk Storage Capacity

Breast Surgery and Breastfeeding:

Breast Surgery and Breastfeeding
Breast Reduction and Breastfeeding
Breast Implants and Breastfeeding

Types of Nipples:

Inverted Nipples
Leaking Nipples
Sore Nipples

Breast Milk Supply and Demand:

Increasing Breast Milk Production
Common Misconceptions about Breast Milk Supply
Three Things Everyone Thinks Dramatically Increases Milk Supply

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