why is one breast bigger than the other?

Holli - posted on 03/30/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My milk came in immediately after giving birth and my breasts were really engorged for a while. They went down a bit, and I have plenty of milk to keep my baby sated, but my problem us that one breast is now larger than the other, and noticeably so. I noticed that she seems to favor the larger one- someone said it might have better flow, so I've been encouraging her to drink from the smaller one more in hopes to even them out, but no Luck. Any advice or suggestions?

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Tricia - posted on 03/31/2011

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one breast is usually bigger than the other, however, when breastfeeding the 'favoured' side is usually bigger

Tricia - posted on 03/31/2011

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one breast is usually bigger than the other, however, when breastfeeding the 'favoured' side is usually bigger

Jessica - posted on 03/30/2011

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My right is about a cup size bigger, my daughter prefers that side, and i can pump twice as much from it. I think it is sort of my fault because in the early days I would feed her off the right because it meant she would get to sleep faster, and so would I. If I could go back i would try to keep the feedings even on each side. I also had mastitis on that side because of the excess milk. It was painful and I ran a fever! I just stayed in bed, hydrated, took vitamin c and lecithin.

Angie - posted on 03/30/2011

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Every woman has 1 breast bigger than the other one. Some noticeably more than others. The reason for this is that when you hit puberty they tend not to grow at the same rate. Now that you have milk come in you've noticed the subtle difference. My advice is don't worry about it. It's normal. But always check your breasts for changes like lumps. I had a lump couple years ago 1 year on after stopping b/feeding my 3rd child and instantly thought I had the big C. It turned out I had mastitis and was put on meds, checked and had nothing to worry about. If you ever have a feeling though that something is not right, go see your health professional hun. Also with breastfeeding, if you feel one really engorged, try expressing out of that side before you feed, to get rid of some of the foremilk, and the let her feed from that same side to get some of the full fatty milk. With me my left breast is larger than my right, whereas my mum was the opposite way round. No worrying hun xx

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