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Breasts producing different amounts of milk? Erica Yutzy 1 child; Red Lake, Ontario 344 posts
26th Nov '12

I sat down and pumped from each breast to have a supply for the night since I just got home from the hospital and have had next to none sleep after two days of labor and 2 1/2 days in the hospital.
ANYWAY.
I planned on having 2 oz out of each breast - I have to feed him every 2 hours to prevent his jaundice from getting worse and I barely managed to get even half as much as I could out of my right breast. I pumped 2 oz and felt like I could have easily got more, but when I pumped m left, I got a bit under 1 1/2 oz and I was just dry. It hurt to keep going.
How do I get my left up to par with my right? My right is considerably larger than my left. Not horribly but it's noticeable.
I need help lol.

IDID-VBAC 12/09 2 kids; Alaska 44106 posts
26th Nov '12

Pumping is no indication of milk production. Eating oatmeal and taking fenugreek will help with supply but you still may not pump the same from each breast.

furrbabiesmommy 18 kids; California 16570 posts
26th Nov '12

nothing works like a baby. if I were you I would just nurse your baby. He/she nursing and his/her saliva are what tell your body what to do, and how much to make. I know your tired. I have been there. I promise it gets easier

loser mom 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Oslo, ,, Norway 10910 posts
26th Nov '12

I always got 2-3 ounces more out of my left side. I think it's common for one breast to produce more than the other. Also, when I first started pumping I didn't get much, but it improved a lot over time (I had to supplement with a little formula for a couple days).

Erica Yutzy 1 child; Red Lake, Ontario 344 posts
26th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting furrbabiesmommy:</b>" nothing works like a baby. if I were you I would just nurse your baby. He/she nursing and his/her saliva ... [snip!] ... saliva are what tell your body what to do, and how much to make. I know your tired. I have been there. I promise it gets easier"</blockquote>




Haha, I tred breast feeding, and he seemed to latch okay but not great, the thing is I have DD breasts and it just seems too large for him. I will keep trying, but I wanted to have him eat well for a while so I don't have to take him to the hospital..

furrbabiesmommy 18 kids; California 16570 posts
27th Nov '12
Quoting Erica Yutzy:" <blockquote><b>Quoting furrbabiesmommy:</b>" nothing works like a baby. if I were you ... [snip!] ... large for him. I will keep trying, but I wanted to have him eat well for a while so I don't have to take him to the hospital.."

lol I have DDD and dd nursed for 11 1/2 months. The first few weeks were the hardest. I had to hold my boob for her and for 2 weeks I had to use a nipple shield.

Rachel BeeBee Due February 4 (boy); Houston, Texas 60 posts
27th Nov '12

Lactation consultant suggested putting a rolled up towel under your breast if it is large I am an E so I feel ya. But the baby on the breast is always better my son is 9 1/2 months and i still don't always pump evenly from both sides as long as your making milk and baby is gaining weight don't sweat the amount.