one breast seems to not have any milk... HELP

Nanette - posted on 03/24/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My right breast seems to not have any milk, my daughter sucks and sucks and nothing works, I dont even have a letdown. I end up having to give her the left breast, which always seems to have milk. This just started about 2 days ago. Help?

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Lizelle - posted on 03/24/2010

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Celeste, I in the same boat. My left breast let down much quicker so my son preferred it. This meant that it produced more milk and the right one less. Then when my daughter was born my left breast had even more milk and the right even less. I tried nearly everything, pumping only from the right, pumping the right while feeding on the left, letting her drink from it for longer. Nothing worked. She's now 11 months old and my left breast is still the size it was months ago, while my right has returned to it's pre pregnancy size. It still has some milk, but very little. So at least know that you can still successfully breastfeed from just one breast. I now put a pad in my bra so that my right breast don't look so obviously smaller than the left. Makes me feel more confident.

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Naomi - posted on 03/26/2010

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I have the same thing as Lizelle, my son now pretty much exclusively feeds off the left side. It happened kinda gradually, I think it had a faster let down. I still put him on the right first sometimes but pretty much he gets all his milk from one breast, and my specialist said that's no problem. It happens sometimes. women can breastfeed twins, so one baby on one breast shouldn't be an issue. (we're at 10 months old now) anyway, I know it can be worrisome, and when your breasts are lopsided, really annoying, but it's not harmful. DO try to always start on the side with less milk first every time, that might help stop it drying up completely.
Don't worry, you're not alone, and you DO have enough milk for your baby, even with just one side producing!

AMBER - posted on 03/26/2010

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oatmeal is a great way to boost your milk. you can also try drinking herbal teas, that seams to help me. I have the same problem with breast feeding. my little one favors my left so my right gets no love. there is a tea called milkmaid tea and it made by earth mama angle baby. there is a web site for it or if you have a babies r us store. but keep nursing off that one side as much as possible. good luck!!

Jennifer - posted on 03/26/2010

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oatmeal is known to increase milk supply, introduce it into your diet everyday if you can and you will likely see an increase in supply and keep baby on that breast as often as possible, as mentioned its supply and demand... keep her demanding it and soon enough the supply will be there! keep an eye tho that you dont get a fever or soreness in that breast cause if you have a blocked duct it could stop the milk from releasing and also the breast to decrease supply, you dont want it to turn into mastitis...not fun...just keep an eye on the breast! anyhthing seems funny, see the doctor asap!

Karen - posted on 03/24/2010

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offer the right breast first and give it a try for at least a couple minutes. then switch to the "good" boob. That's what I do. I'm sorta lopsided if you know what i mean. Not a big deal, just a little annoying

Celeste - posted on 03/24/2010

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Honestly, it doesn't sound like there's anything wrong. Also, 6 months is a prime time for a growth spurt, so that might have something to do with it..

Nanette - posted on 03/24/2010

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Thank you. I did put on a bra with a underwire. I don't usually. could that be the reason? My daughter is 6 months old n i never had this problem

Celeste - posted on 03/24/2010

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I'm glad it helped! Keep in mind that pumping isn't an indicator about supply. Babies are much more efficient at getting milk out than the pump. Keep nursing on that side as well-nursing works on supply and demand. The more baby "demands" it, the more you'll make.

Nanette - posted on 03/24/2010

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Thank you, I am going to try that the next time she has to eat. I might also pump and see what I get. At least that way, if my supply is down maybe it will help it

Celeste - posted on 03/24/2010

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The way your breasts feel and not feeling letdown doesn't necessarily mean that there isn't milk. However, I know it's pretty common to have one breast to produce more, which was true for me-I was left breasted LOL What is leading you to believe that nothing works and she's not getting anything?

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