How do I increase my milk in one breast?

Gayle - posted on 05/30/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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When i pump, one breast produces twice as much as the other and I want to be able to produce more milk in the breast that doesn't produce as much. I don't understand how I can have a low supply in one breast and a decent supply in the other, if that is the case. I can usually pump 4-5 oz from one breast and the other only pumps about 2 oz. and this is an everyday occurance.... please help... My daughter will be 3 months old in a few days and she is up to 6 oz at a time, so i need to be able to produce more milk in order to keep up with the demand..... i don't know if my ducts are clogged (my breast doesn't feel hard like the other one before i pump) or if i need a new pump because i'm not getting good suction, or what....

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Erica - posted on 06/01/2010

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Use that breast more for feedings and pumping. You could even pump that one after you feed the baby off of it.

Tiffany - posted on 06/01/2010

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I have the same problem, my daughter is 7 months old and I produce 4 oz on one side and 2 oz on the other. My doctor said its normal but he did say that caffeine free Root Beer increases milk supply!

Gayle - posted on 05/31/2010

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I am doing both... I usually feed her, but since I work, I need a supply for the babysitterand/or husband depending on the day. I use my lunch half hr to pump and i also pump if she is asleep when i get home.... The past 4 days she has been drinking 6 oz at a time, usually a full 18 oz when i am at work ( about 10 hrs) I don't know if she is drinking so much because she's in a growth spurt or not. At her 2 month appt she was 10 lbs 11 oz. so she isn't a big baby...

Jennifer - posted on 05/30/2010

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Celeste thanks so much for posting that, its such a cool tool! So surprising to me that my 8m/o only needs 5 oz per feed! Not that he ever has a bottle. lol

Tiffany - posted on 06/01/2010

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i wouldnt worry about ur milk i had that same problem but i just let him suckle on the one that produced more although now he's 7months and im left with one small breast and the other huge wish i didnt do that but u live and u learn either way my guy is perfectly healthly and is 95 percentil for weight as for me though i have no idea what im gonna do when i wear a bathing suit lol

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Kristie - posted on 06/01/2010

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I pumped and breastfeed. I had the same thing happen one gave more then the other. What the lacation consultant told me was pump more often if you need more milk. To be honest my little one needed some rice ceral mixed with breast milk at 3 mos. He had a huge appetite. That helped his belly feel full and be a happier baby.

Geralyn - posted on 05/30/2010

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Celeste, thanks for the post! I had never seen a breastmilk calculator. Ang, I had never heard that a baby has better control over the flow from a bottle than a breast. Hmmm. Gayle, are you nursing and pumping or pumping only?

Celeste - posted on 05/30/2010

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HOly cow!!! That is a GREAT amount!! Keep in mind that AVERAGE output is 1/2 to 2 oz total! It's totally normal for one breast to be uneven like that.



Also, 6 oz at a time seems a bit much for a 3 month old. Here's a calculator of how much EBM..

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkc...



Honestly, it doesn't sound like there's any problem with your supply at all.

Ang - posted on 05/30/2010

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I have the same issue...the lactation group I see said this is normal...to have one breast that makes more milk than the other! go figure! but...eating lots of hummus or chickpeas, almonds and oatmeal will increase milk supply..you could try this. I have an overactive let down on the side that produces more so I have to watch it or I will choke the baby while feeding so I have been pumping more and she loves drinking my milk from a bottle! think it's because she has more control over the flow.
good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 05/30/2010

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That is a FABULOUS yield! My baby is 8 mos and I don't pump anymore, but I never got a total of 6oz from a pumping session. You're definitely not having a supply problem if you're getting that mega amount. The amount that you pump is NOT indicative of what you're baby is getting while nursing, so I definitely wouldn't worry. if you really think that the problem is your pump, I would try changing the membranes. But from the info that you posted, there doesn't seem to be a problem (:

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