Breastfeeding: Pumping Only Left Side

Deanna - posted on 03/18/2016 ( 2 moms have responded )




Hello! I have a 6 month old baby and I've always had a low out put of milk on the right side. I'm back at work and pumping three times a day on both sides, but there's just barely anything coming out of the right side. I don't even nurse on the right side anymore bc my baby isn't interested mainly because nothing is coming out. I usually get 2-3 oz on the left each session of pumping. My Question is if I only pump my left breast and not my right... will this affect my overall supply? As of yesterday I only pumped the left side and only got 1-2ozs. If I pump both, will this help boost the left side or is there no correlation? Thank you!


Sarah - posted on 03/18/2016




Yes, pumping both sides will maintain and increase your supply better than focusing on just one side. You may want to keep offering your right side to baby, after she is fed on the left let her nurse. She may not be used to laying on that side, so it might take a little maneuvering to get her comfy. The more you can get her actually nursing both sides the better your chances at an optimal supply. I always was more abundant on on side as well.


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