One breast is smaller than other from more nursing on one side.

Amber - posted on 04/21/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 15 months old and we are breast feeding on demand and at night as we as we are bed-share/co-sleep together. I have smaller breasts anyway and am of a slim build (think Winona Ryder) at a 102 to 105 pounds and am wondering if any other moms get one breast significantly smaller than the other due to my daughter preferring the one side more than other. She does nurse on the other side and there still is milk in that one. Does anyone think my daughter should be nursing both sides to get the milk and its benefits or is nursing a little less on one side okay and nursing a lot from the other ok? I do gently remind her there is the other one to try and she does for a little bit only to go back to the preferred one.
I jokingly say she prefers the right breast because it is making chocolate and the left is making vanilla milk or the flow is different or something...
Any thoughts, any others like this greatly appreciated
-Amber

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Sally - posted on 04/24/2012

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It's normal to have differently sized boobs even when not nursing. (I'm 1/2 a cup size bigger on the left when dry and a full cup size bigger on the right when nursing.) If it looks odd to you, just stick a pad in the smaller side when you go out.

A baby preferring one side won't hurt her or you. Both of my girls played favorites (which switched back and forth depending on age and mood) because mine have such different let downs.

Merry - posted on 04/24/2012

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Breastmilk is different then formula, breastmilk will not rot baby's teeth as it has healing qualities. As well as it doesn't dump into baby's mouth and pool in there. Baby must suck to get milk so they usually swallow what theyve sucked out wheras a bottle just drips in on it's own and can pool in there.



No dental association claims that night time breastfeeding hurts teeth!

Samantha - posted on 04/29/2012

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I'm a 'bigger build' than you and I found the same thing with all my 3 kids. The right breast is preferential, it seems to flow faster and so they like it better because they get fed with less work.
For my daughters I used to try and keep it 'even' by always feeding on the left side first and then giving the right side, but by the time I had my son, this caused problems because the ducts kind of stayed open and caused blockages, so I ended up just going with what he wanted. Feeding off one breast is fine, they both make the same milk. I know of a woman who fed twins off one breast, apparently she looked like a watermelon on one side and lemon on the other but the twins thrived and were fully breastfed.
However if you want try something to increase the flow, I've heard osteopathy can be helpful.

Laura - posted on 04/29/2012

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My daughter preferred my right breast early on and we nursed until she was 2 1/2 when she self weaned. I was never really large chested, just average I suppose, but honestly I never really looked or felt lopsided even though she only nursed on one side. Her favorite position to nurse was lying down on the bed next to me and since her co-sleeper was on the right side of our bed when I nursed her during the night, I think she got used to the right side. At least that's my guess I don't know. I hear lots of babies who have a preference for only one side and I've never heard of it being a problem.

Merry - posted on 04/23/2012

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It's normal! My boobs are already lopsided even before having babies, one makes more then the other too. I always nurse from only one side ler feeding and it works well. When my daughter was little and I was tandem feeding her and my toddler I only fed her from one breast for a month or so because she was getting too much milk.

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Crystal - posted on 04/30/2012

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wow, this circle really helps. i have this same problem, and was starting to think, maybe the problem was with me. so , i'm just gonna keep on breast feeding her. thanks for the info. :)

Tomara - posted on 04/23/2012

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Carefull feeding at night she may get huge cavitys in her back teeth from the milk stating there all night

Tomara - posted on 04/23/2012

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Carefull feeding at night she may get huge cavitys in her back teeth from the milk stating there all night

Amber - posted on 04/21/2012

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thank you Lori for answering and explaining what you know and hat you've heard. I really appreciate it.
-amber

Lori - posted on 04/21/2012

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It's perfectly fine for her to only nurse off one side. Yes, it will make you lopsided while this continues, but as far as health reasons for her or you... no reason to change anything. I've even heard of women who for one reason or another have completely breastfed from only 1 breast.. from newborn up until whenever.

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