Less milk in one breast

Amber - posted on 06/02/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My left breast never seems to have as much milk in it then the right side. When i pump i always get about half the amount from the left then the right, and when my baby sleeps through the night without waking to feed i always wake up with the right side being very full and firm and the left side stil soft. Is there anything i can do to help with this? i have been drinking mother's milk herbal tea but that just seems to make my right side fill up more and does nothing for the left side.

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Shannon - posted on 06/02/2009

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the same is with me and my laction lady said that its normal. when i pump in the morning i get like 4 ozs more on my right side then my left!!!

Tricia - posted on 06/02/2009

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It's totally normal. Don't skip either breast because you'll end up super lopsided, but don't stress about always feeding on one side or trying to match the production of both breasts. Your feet are probably slightly different sizes too... No big deal. :)

Ashley - posted on 06/02/2009

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i have the same problem with my breasts. what i was told to do is to offer that breast first everytime so it seems like the baby needs more milk and it should start producing more milk. it has increased the amount a bit but i still get a bit more for the right side.

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Nicole - posted on 06/03/2009

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Babies naturally tend to nurse on the left because your heart beat is loudest there- it is soothing for them so it seems that the breast doesn't have as much milk. In reality, your baby just gets it out very efficiently. My twin and I are the same way- I jokingly call our right breasts the pumping side. It has been futile (8 months now) to get Phoebe to nurse equally on each side. She fights until I put her on the left a lot. I have just embraced lopsidedness for now, though I wish they made bras with two separate cup sizes :)

Jolene - posted on 06/03/2009

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It is very normal. Breast tissue can have varying numbers of milk ducts on each side. It is not that one side is less productive it just may have less milk ducts to fill. Each side still continues to produce on a supply and demand cycle.

Holly - posted on 06/02/2009

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Same problem here. It was that way with my first child too. It doesn't seem to affect the baby though. She's still getting plenty of milk, and still empties both sides. I figure as long as I have milk at all that's good.

Lindsey - posted on 06/02/2009

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Me too! I look ridiculous in a bathing suit. Oh, the things we do for out kids!

Sara - posted on 06/02/2009

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I noticed that, too - but only when I pumped - what I saw though was that the milk that did come out was thicker - creamier then the breast milk from the boob that was "fuller" - baby never complained. He does drink longer from the fuller breast still. We are down to one feeding a day, from both sides.

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