breastfeeding...one breast produces more than other

Devan - posted on 09/24/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I'm really getting aggravated. My right breast produces anywhere from 2 to 5 more ounces than my left. It's not noticeable all the time..but somedays my right looks twice the size of my left boob. I want to keep nursing my 3 month old for his sake. I'm just tired of all the crap I've had to deal with since. I got mastitis 3 weeks after he was born. That was horrible. I have been really sick a lot too. Got a cyst on my back and had a fever for almost 2 weeks straight. It has really been hell on my body! Does anyone have suggestions for my lopsidedness? I'm desparate for help. I'm about to give up breastfeeding altogether.

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Danielle - posted on 09/24/2009

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I don't know if you sleep on your belly or on one side of your body more than the other, but if the smaller one is being compressed when you sleep that might be inhibiting milk production a little. Mine are the same way though, with my slightly larger breast usually producing more milk, and like the others said I just try to feed more often on the smaller one to get it to produce more. When I do this and then pump the next day it seems that the smaller one can even produce more than the larger one from time to time, but I'm not sure if it will really help with the size difference in the long-run.

Stina - posted on 09/24/2009

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Even before I had children to BF, my left breast was larger than my right. This is my more productive side too. With eaach of my children, I have tried to "even" things out by trying to get my right side to produce more.... When I can't remember what side I'm supposed to start on, I favor my smaller breast. I figure if my baby nurses more frequently on my smaller less productive side, I will produce more in that side.



Three children and my left is still slightly larger than and more productive than my right. And if I neglect to nurse on my left side too much, It too can look huge in comparison to my right side.



Most women are lobsided. I'm sorry you've been sick and having BF issues. There are lots of good suggestions from the other ladies. Hang in there.

Cori - posted on 09/24/2009

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Mine right breast does the same thing! I find that pumping a few times a day (with a double breast pump) helps even them out a little.

Jodi - posted on 09/24/2009

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Don't give up! You are doing something wonderful for your child! As the other ladies said you can either feed less on the larger breast or pump more on the smaller breast. It will take a while to get the size to even out but breastfeeding is the best thing for your baby! Don't give up, hang in there!

Jessica - posted on 09/24/2009

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if u start on your right side most of the time & he nurses on that side for longer when he feeds it could be your body just getting ready for him to feed when you notice the increase in size. i had a lack of milk all together when my son was 2 months old & i was told to rest when my son rested & that really did the trick. it could be that your sick like you said, & that might have something to do with it. have you talked to your doctor? just try and stay hydrated. drinking orange juice might be too much on your childs stomache so i would suggest poweraide or gatoraide. it replenishes your body with what it needs from fighting off your fever. get plenty of rest and if you find it difficult to get your child to feed more on the left side to even out your size problem, just pump on the left side & try to put it in a bottle & get your husband to feed him sometimes so that you can rest & get rid of that fever. i breast fed for 23 months... til i was totally tired of it & i wouldnt change the advantage i gave to my son for the world. i know it helped him because as soon as breastfeeding stopped helping pop his ears to keep them clear (around 7-9 months) he began getting ear infections, 10 in 7 months & now has tubes in his ears for drainage. dont give up because i look at it as me breastfeeding him kept him out of pain from earinfections for a while.

Angela - posted on 09/24/2009

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I don't know if this will help, but I had the same issue as well. Just keep nursing on the smaller side everytime you nurse, and maybe only every other time with the larger one. My left side never produced as much, but it helped keep it fuller. I nursed for 8 months or so, Good luck!

Crystal - posted on 09/24/2009

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Don't give up! You are doing something great. Are you pumping or nursing?Try pumping more often on the left side to increase the production. It is all about supply and demand. If you pump more your left breast should catch up, you could also cut down on the pumping and nursing on the right side. This could cause some discomfort though.

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