need advice please

Abigail - posted on 01/07/2013 ( 17 moms have responded )

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my son will be two in april and still nurse's. but i notice only one breast produce's way more, so i naturally try to nurse him with the other but nothing.. is this a way my body telling me to stop? how do i drain the one breast, im alittle shy cause looking in the bathroom mirror i can see the differce in size. please help with some advice

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Lilla - posted on 01/17/2013

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I had the same thing happened to me about the time my dd was 17 months. By that time I only breastfed her twice a day, and in the end she only wanted my left breast. I stopped breastfeeding when she was almost 19 months, because she would only bite me (she has never done that before, not even when teething). I used cabbage leaf like others said, and it really worked for me, but I don't know how it affects you if you don't want to stop bf (I also tried peppermint tea and sage tea, neither helped, they just gave me diarrhea :/ . Anyways it took me a lot longer than I thought it would to dry up my milk (the pain lasted 2 weeks), even though she did self wean slowly and not suddenly.

Stephanie - posted on 01/10/2013

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I also still breast feed and my daughter turns 2 in may and she also just likes one she won't take the other one I find it normal although one looks way bigger than the other one well I try to wear padded bras

Michelle - posted on 01/10/2013

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If your breast isn't coming in on one side, then the milk ducts are starting to subside it. The other breast that still has the milk, more than likely you have breast fed on that side more and it has been more stimulated than the other. If you wan to quit, then just slowly take him completely off a little at a time. And then do it to where you don't do it at all during the day and just at night before bedtime and then stop it completely. If your breast is stopping of producing milk, yes, it is a way for your body to tell you it is time for you to stop.So, just give him an alternative.. like formula in a sippy cup or a bottle.

Amanda - posted on 01/10/2013

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It is normal, your dominant side will always produce more. Just continue to nurse from both

Kiki - posted on 01/09/2013

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It's definitely not your body trying to say to stop, so don't worry! Your son is so lucky that you are still nursing him, and your body will keep producing milk as long as you want to nurse. The benefits of longer term nursing are endless, so he is such a lucky boy!!!

Breasts often produce different amounts, and it can take time to get them to change this. you can start by feeding more on the side that produces less, and then swap over. Or feed twice as often on this side. There are some other tips as well here that are useful:

http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/l...

if the fuller side gets sore, then you can express just enough to make it less sore, but not too much or it will keep producing more.

however, if the only worry is how you look know that probably only you notice! breasts are all different sizes anyway, so it's nothing unusual.

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Abigail - posted on 01/10/2013

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I'm putting cabbage on the one that's producing a lot still an nursing at night with theone that doesn't produce a lot, maybe try to balance them out again. If it works just pump both an a sippy cup, can't hurt to try.

Stacey - posted on 01/10/2013

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MMy daughter is almost 2 And i only feed her on one breast....been doing that a little after she turned a year old..its perfectly normal... though im not sure how to wean her lol

Dove - posted on 01/10/2013

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Difference in size doesn't necessarily mean one is producing more than the other. My bigger breast was actually the one with less production (only way I could tell is that it's the one that frustrated my son more). He nursed til 3. Nothing wrong with still nursing if you want to. I had a friend who nursed her son on only one side for over a year (son was over 3 when he weaned).

Barb - posted on 01/08/2013

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If you drop the least interesting nursing time, eventually you will wean him and you'll not have pain, since you are gradually reducing the amount of milk you produce. I nursed both of my children until around 3 years old. The last year was basically a "bedtime" nursing. The comfort and bonding was well worth it and I never had any pain when the milk waned.

Christine - posted on 01/08/2013

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You should keep nursing on both breasts, alternatively. I don't think this is your body telling you to stop. Often times ,babies do have a preference for one breast over the other. My pediatrician used to tell me one made chocolate milk and that's why it was the favorite!

Michelle - posted on 01/08/2013

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Shove them in your bra until they warm up and aren't working anymore. then just replace them.

Michelle - posted on 01/08/2013

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I found cabbage leaves to be great for the pain of engorgement when I stopped feeding. Just keep them in the fridge and put them in your bra cold. You will smell a bit odd for a couple of day but it really does help.

Abigail - posted on 01/07/2013

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Have you tried cabbage? Its just I feel the left breast is almost back to the way it was before nursing in size. But the right is still going that I have tryed to stop but it get's so painful.

Amy - posted on 01/07/2013

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When I was breastfeeding one breast always produced more than the other. If you want to wean you can gradually reduce one feeding at a time every 4-5 days. That gives your body time to adjust, drop the feed that he is least interested in. However if you aren't ready to stop don't feel like you have to, my daughter was a little over two when she stopped on her own.

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