While from the beginning of my lactating experience, the sizes of both breasts were constantly shifting, at around ten months postpartum I noticed that within their dynamism, the left was generally larger than the right. I began to reflect upon what it means for them, me, or us to be full, to feel being filled, and to fill up space unevenly together. More practically, I began to knit bras for lopsided breasts that could account for our breastfeeding bodies as networked and entangled in pasts, presents, and futures of milk.
I have knitted two bras for lopsided breasts. The first is composed of three “measuring cups” and the second is a wrap configuration.
Publications & Creative Outputs
Karey Helms. 2021. Entangled Reflections on Designing with Leaky Breastfeeding Bodies. ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2021), Virtual Event. (Special Recognition for Diversity & Inclusion)
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