SOME women dream of having bigger breasts – but others just want a weight off their chest.
Amber Roach, 20, is crowdfunding for breast reduction surgery on her 34J bust because she keeps knocking over strangers’ pints with her chest.
The Leeds law student, from Watford, Herts., is after £5,000 for the op, which will allow her to do things she currently struggles with – like getting out of bed.
“I can’t even go into smaller shops or boutiques because I knock everything off the shelves,” Amber told The Sun.
“It has got to the stage where I have to hold my boobs in when I squeeze past people.
“I know in so many ways I am blessed to have huge breasts. But the truth is they are ruining my life.”
However, Amber is far from alone in living through the hell of having mammoth boobs.
We spoke to four Sun readers who struggle with large breasts in other ways too – from breastfeeding anxieties to unwanted attention.
‘I was a C cup at the age of nine’
Bra size: 36L
Shop assistant Meg Lewis, 32, lives with her three year old son in Coventry.
She says: “Wearing a tight T-shirt my boobs are the first things people see.
“Guys are always attracted to me for my breasts. Girls say: ‘I’d die for your t**s!’ and gay friends like to have a feel because they are genuinely fascinated by them.
They have no idea how much grief and pain they give me.
I was a C cup at the age of nine. I woke up one morning and discovered I had boobs.
They continued to grow and haven’t stopped since. Even if I lose weight they seem to inexplicably grow.
I have to get measured regularly because I do increase in bust size. The only place I can buy a bra is Bravissimo and they cost £40 a bra.
There’s four on rotation and they have to last me at least a year.
I’ve had chronic back pain as a result of my breasts since I was 14. I’ve avoided taking medication because I don’t want to become reliant on them.
Instead I’ve tried to get a breast reduction three times and been turned down each time.
I was 20 the first time I talked to my GP. I was told my body hadn’t finished growing yet.
At 26 I asked for a breast reduction, but was told wait until I became a mum as they would grow again and increase in size.
Then, I went after my son was born and this time I was told that I needed to lose three stone before I could even be considered for one.
I’d need a reduction and an uplift. If I went privately the procedure would cost £9,000. I’d go down to a cup size D tomorrow if I could.
At night, I can’t sleep with a bra on because it hurts. I get sores under my breasts from sweating during the day.
I shower and apply moisturising cream daily but it doesn’t make any difference.
I’ve been to the GP about my back pain and also because nowadays I get constant pain in my hips and knees – I’m currently being checked out for fibromyalgia.
Since wearing a bra I have now got permanent indentations on my shoulders. The shoulder muscles have grown around the straps.
I’m on anti-depressants to cope. My anxiety and depression is off the scale because I carry around two stone in weight on my chest.”
‘When I fell pregnant my boobs were bigger than my bump’
Bra size: 38JJ
Student Layla Christian, 24, is a mum of one and lives in Leeds.
She says: “The worst thing about having large breasts is when I was breastfeeding. I had an overflow of milk which was very uncomfortable.
They’d leak in the night and every morning I’d wake up to find the sheets were soaked. I had to wash them daily.
I was 12 when I was wearing a double D cup size. They run in the family but I’m the one with the biggest chest.
As a teenager it wasn’t fun. I went to an all-girls school and if I was running other girls would laugh at me.
Even though I suffer from back pain, the medical profession is dismissive.
I get told to lose weight to reduce them. I’ve tried – but the weight never comes off my chest.
When I fell pregnant my boobs were bigger than my bump. I couldn’t actually see my baby bump because my breasts got so big.
After I had given birth they did go down a bit. But then I had to breastfeed which was really challenging.
Breast pumps are not designed for big breasted women. They were too small to attach on my nipple.
I had to be so careful when breastfeeding my son and hold each breast in a certain way. The health visitor said to let go of the breast but I couldn’t because I was worried I’d suffocate him.
Blokes see your boobs first and you afterwards but there is more to me than my breasts.
My friends always joke about wanting to have bigger boobs but they really don’t want them. I can vouch for that.”
‘I feel like I’m going to suffocate myself’
Bra size: 32L
Security officer Rachel Fellows, 26, is single and a mum of two aged seven and two. She lives in London.
She says: “Believe it or not my boobs are STILL growing. I can’t get my head around women wanting to increase their breast size when I’m sick to death of mine.
I was just nine when they made their appearance. My great aunt has them too.
All of the women in my family have a broad back – I don’t. It’s really small and then I have these huge watermelons on my chest.
Today they’re a 32L and I can’t stand them. It sounds glib to moan about their size but my back is so narrow that my body genuinely struggles to carry them.
The world sees them before they see me. I’ve been to my GP and explained I can’t cope with them.
I first saw my doctor six years ago. I was suffering with back pain in the lower part of my back. I was told there is nothing they can do while they are still growing.
Recently I got checked out to see if there is a reason they keep growing. Fortunately there isn’t anything sinister going on.
When I sleep I lie on my back. It’s impossible to sleep on my side. But on my back I feel like I’m going to suffocate myself. They are so heavy on my chest – it’s like I can’t breathe.
When I was pregnant the only advantage of my boobs being so big was that no one realised I was expecting.
With my first child I was scared I’d kill her with my boobs so I didn’t breastfeed her.
With my second I did give it a go but stopped at three months. I was too scared I’d hurt her with my boobs.
I usually wear bras with wires in them to support the weight of each breast.
Unfortunately the wires cut into my skin under my boobs and they’re sore.
When it’s hot it gets worse. The areas where the wire cuts in feels like a papercut and stings too.
The only upside is that my kids love them and use them as pillows.”
‘I’ve got awful sores’
Bra Size: 38F
Stay at home mum Giulia Thomas, 22, has two children 22 months and 12 months. She lives in Buckingham.
She says: “I have massive boobs and I hate the constant back pain. The additional weight has even given me varicose veins.
I was in Year Six at school when I realised my boobs were much bigger than everyone else. PE was a nightmare.
I didn’t have the right bra fitted to do sports. I tried to keep out of the way because I didn’t want to stand out because of my big boobs.
Mum and gran have also got big boobs. As mine have grown and grown they do try and reassure me that when I’m older I’ll like them. That hasn’t happened yet.
Anything wrong with my physical health is to do with boobs. At school I had backache with them.
I developed lumbar pain when I was pregnant with my first child. The varicose veins give me leg ache too.
Nowadays I’ve got small achy pains all across the middle of my back but I don’t have time to get it checked out. I know I should but I don’t put myself first.
In each pregnancy my boobs got bigger and they were even worse during my second one.
I sweat more since becoming a mum. It means my bra rubs under my boobs. I’ve got awful sores and little white spots of scarring too.
The straps dig in on my shoulders. It’s so painful that at home I try to go bra free to give my body a break.
My boobs are the first things men see. But I’m a mum and don’t want to attract the wrong attention.
I don’t go out in a vest top because I draw too many looks. Everyone stares. In the summer I wore a modest maxi dress.
Nowadays I’ve learnt to love my boobs and just have to get on with it. There’s no way I can afford a reduction and my GP has told me I’m not eligible for one on the NHS.
People are jealous – I’m not sure why. I’d say to anyone thinking about paying for bigger breasts– don’t do it.
The reality of life with big boobs just isn’t worth it.”
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