Why do each of my breasts produce very different amounts of milk? And how can I equalize them?

Ashley - posted on 07/06/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My left breast produces about 1.5 ounces during a pumping session and my right breast produces about .5 -- why is this? I usually offer my 2.5 week old daughter alternate breasts per session, but I wonder if I should favor the left because it has more milk? Thanks in advance for your advice.

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Ghazal - posted on 07/12/2012

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I am facing the same issue. My baby had a difficulty in setting her head position on right side so she suckled more from left side since start. I feed her now from both the sides but of course left side is way bigger and produces more milk. Now she is one month older and my both sides have a clear difference even a blind can notice. HELP please.

Amanda - posted on 07/07/2012

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You could offer her the right breast more, or allow her to suckle for longer periods of time. But it could cause your left breast to produce a little less. I was trying to stay fairly even and have flucuated from an overproducing right breast, to left and back again. Honestly, it's more work worrying about it and trying to correct.

Celeste - posted on 07/06/2012

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It's pretty normal for have a super achiever. There isn't anything that you can do to equalize it. Also, keep in mind that pump output doesn't necessarily reflect the amount of milk that you produce. Normal and nothing to worry about :)

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