A mum with size 38HH breasts is finally set to have reduction surgery - after she feared she would suffocate her children as they breast fed.
Rachel Ryan, 26, used to wear a cup size B bra but her breasts continued to grow after the age of 12 – and by the time she was 14 she was a DD.
As well as causing her back pain, Rachel struggled to breastfeed her children, Layla, six, Ollie, five, as she feared they would be suffocated by her assets.
And after spending years not being able to be an active mother due to her pain, Rachel’s parents have decided to pay for her £6000 breast reduction surgery.
The surgery, booked for March 12, will bring Rachel down from a 38HH to a smaller 38D.
‘I tried to breastfeed my children but my breasts were too big so I couldn’t,’ Rachel, from South Wales, said.
‘The top of my breast would fall cover their faces, so I was nervous that they would be suffocated by it.
‘And the milk would come out too fast because of the size of my breasts and they’d start to choke.
‘It broke my heart not being able to breastfeed and also, because of the back pain I constantly had, I missed out with being able to play with my children.
‘I couldn’t get down on the floor with them and play properly and that was when I realised I needed to get rid of them.’
When her parents saw how desperate she was for surgery, they agreed to fund it – and now Rachel is raising money to pay them back.
The pain she suffers from her breasts has made it difficult for her to exercise – and shed 19 kilos she wanted to.
But once she’s fully recovered from the op she’s looking forward to becoming more active.
‘I’m excited to be feminine again and finally be able to wear girly clothes and bras that aren’t sports bras,’ Rachel explains.
‘But mainly I’m excited to feel like a mum and be able to play with my children while they are growing up and not feel restricted.
‘I know that I’m going to feel amazing, as my breasts have always been the one thing that have held me back!’