Pumping 1oz on the left, 3oz on the right?

Chona - posted on 05/08/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




The last couple of days my right breast feels really full but will not let go, just a little trickle of milk comes out... I have been using a warm compress and massage leaning over, my right side is pumping away as usual. Has this happened to anyone else?


Kasandra - posted on 05/11/2009




Oh yeah...I had this happen to me for the first few months of breastfeeding. it was like my body could not get into a rhythm with what to produce, when, how much, etc... Keep massaging. Sometimes a hot shower with the water hitting you will help your milk let down as well. It is also very normal for one breast to produce twice as much as the other. Massage your breast even if it hurts and see if you have any hard areas as this might be a sign of a clogged duct. The best way to work it out is by massaging it hard until it releases. Good luck and it will get better!

Richardsalena - posted on 05/08/2009




Aside from a blocked duct.... Have you checked your pump? I would have this happen to me every few weeks. I had a Medeala PIS (sp?) and I would have replace the little plastic membrane in the valve of the bottle/flange and things would work properly again. They seem to wear out and not close all the way; then you loose suction. Just a thought, especially if you use a double pump and use the same ones on each side, every time.

Rachael - posted on 05/08/2009




This happens to me too but it's the opposite. I have my daughter nurse on the left side until it works out and I pump on the right. It eventually works itself out. Massage, warm water and/or a warm compress has never worked for me.

Wendy - posted on 05/08/2009




It is normal for one breast to produce more then another or release the milk more efficiently (while pumping) than another. However it sounds like you may have a plugged duct! Massage the breast while pumping and have baby nurse off of that side first.


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Stephanie - posted on 05/11/2009




I have encountered this problem as well. You could have a blocked milk duct. Massage your breast while in a hot shower. Stroke from the outside toward the nipple all the way around your breast. Also, you can use a warm compress on the effected breast while pumping. Both of these things helped me out. Also, if you start to experience pain in the breast accompanied by flu like symptoms. call your doctor, you could have mastitis (very unpleasant--I just got over it =[ ) Besto of luck to you!

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