One side has more milk than the other??

Alyssa - posted on 02/08/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am breastfeeding my 2.5 month old son and I've noticed he prefers one side to the other for some time now. Whenever I try to feed him on the left side he gets frustrated at first but will eventually calm down and start eating. I know this is partially due to the fact that the left side nipple is flat which causes some feeding issues. But up until a week ago it was only a minor difference, now whenever he eats on the left side he's always crying for more and the other day when I tried pumping, i only got a little over an ounce out of the left and over 5 ounces from the right. Now my right breast is bigger than the other. Is there any way to correct this??? please help!!

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Heather - posted on 02/09/2012

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I had this problem with my daughter, because one nipple is half inverted and only half of it works. I always fed her on that side first so I knew she would drain what I had in it. I would also pump that side while she nursed on the other side. Even taking the baby off the side he likes and putting him on the other side for a minute or two to stimulate a let down will bring more milk in. I also saw a big difference in different pumps. With my medela pump in style i would work FOREVER to get milk, especially from that side. I got a avent electric pump and it's like a flood!!

Jessica - posted on 02/09/2012

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My daughter has a preference as well. I find when she's sleepy it's easier to keep her on the less full side and even if she isn't "eating" properly she's still sucking and that will stimulate the breast to make more milk (I think - it worked for me!). I think it's normal for babies to like one side over the other. I also found that pumping was never a good indicator, for me, of how much milk was in each side. I still have one side that gets "full" sooner than the other. My daughter is now 9 months old. If you can just keep offering both, with a few more attempts at the less full side, hopefully it will even out a bit for you!

Ania - posted on 02/08/2012

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Just try to convince him to another breast. It happens, my son preffered one breast over other too, but with time that changed. When he gets older and becomes a pro at nursing it will not make a difference to him

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