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Professional breastfeeders only--I need help! Photo Assassin 67 kids; Louisville, Kentucky 1666 posts
23rd Jul '13

I know leaking colustrum really isn't an indicator one breast will function more than the other, but because of my previous experience with DD, I have a concern able question.



While I was breastfeeding with DD (5 years ago), my milk predominately came in on my left breast, not so much on my right. For example, 5oz on left, 2oz on the right. Always! (I only breast and pumped for the first 8 weeks until I finally gave up).



Now, pregnant again, my left leaks continuously, right, if at all, I'll get a drop.



I am not asking to up my production of colustrum, and I understand the production will go up when I do give birth, but how do I get the other b**b to match the other?



I walked around sometimes looking like CycloBoob, and would like to avoid it with this one. I want to EBF for at least a year (longer if I can keep up with him), but need tips on how to be successful.



Obviously, feed on demand, but what if one b**b again is only producing the milk, and not the other? I also always would attempt to start on the right breast to get it to produce more, but it never would match.



Like to add, never have pain in the right, always had the "let down" feeling there", and could feed from it, just not very long, obviously. So I don't think its a clogged duct, or could it be?



I also have both nipples pierced, so I leak predominately from there.

user banned 1 child; :), :), United States 5380 posts
23rd Jul '13

You may have more mammary glands in one breast. Nurse more often on the side that doesn't produce as much and it will build up.

user banned 2 kids; Georgia 24891 posts
23rd Jul '13

Nurse more frequently on the low side.
Always leaking and pumping are not an indication of supply, one my respond better to the pump. it doesn't mean the supply is low on the other side.

A is Me 1 child; South Carolina 3782 posts
23rd Jul '13

It's normal for one to produce more.
As long as you are making enough (from both breasts combined. And as you know, allowing baby to nurse is the best way to bring your supply up) then there really isn't a problem, besides it feeling "odd" to you because we usually view our breasts as being symmetrical.

Onalee's Mummy Due August 26 (boy); 1 child; Newcastle, Australia 5355 posts
23rd Jul '13

Say your left is smaller, start your feed on the left side each time. It will encourage production and decrease the supply in your right

orchidlovingmama 2 kids; Santa Rosa, California 1769 posts
23rd Jul '13

Its very very common for women to have one prominent breast. Most of the time its the right breast though, even if the women is left handed its usually the right breast. The more you feed on your non predominant side the more your body will be signaled to make milk on that side. So make sure to have the baby feed on that side each time, and empty it, that way it will keep producing well.



And if you went through this before and had a predominant side, you're basically guaranteed to have the same thing happen again.

JKBC♡ 2 kids; Somewhere, PA, United States 10697 posts
23rd Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Jake Blues:</b>" You may have more mammary glands in one breast. Nurse more often on the side that doesn't produce as much and it will build up."</blockquote>




This! My right is my dominant breast and I nurse more frequently on my left and it is increasing in supply!

Photo Assassin 67 kids; Louisville, Kentucky 1666 posts
23rd Jul '13
Quoting orchidlovingmama:" Its very very common for women to have one prominent breast. Most of the time its the right breast though, ... [snip!] ... if you went through this before and had a predominant side, you're basically guaranteed to have the same thing happen again."


Bummer, I was hoping it was something I was doing wrong. I will remember to always start on the low breast first. Makes sense to me, my LC told me to alternate, so if I ended on the left, start with the right, vice versa.



This advice makes more sense to though. I appreciate it.

What's wrong, flat face? TTC since Jul 2012; 1 child; 3 angel babies; Texas 13678 posts
23rd Jul '13

I had that problem and my left b**b did the vast majority of the work in feeding my child. Every time I would put him on the right side he would try and not get what he wanted and give up. Because of this my left b**b is about a cup size bigger than my right.

user banned (boy); 2 kids; f**king, Austria 36337 posts
23rd Jul '13

you only need one working boobie. :) But, you will be fine. Just switch b**bs often in the beginning to make sure you don't get a clogged duct.

user banned 4 kids; Mueang Phuket, Thailand 30487 posts
23rd Jul '13

I have te same issue. I just try to let him nurse more and longer on the side that doesn't make as much. Also pumping that side while nursing on the other side can help. But my b**b is smaller than the other one and I think that's why it makes less milk. I always look like cycloboob lol

orchidlovingmama 2 kids; Santa Rosa, California 1769 posts
23rd Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting orchidlovingmama:</b>" Its very very common for women to have one prominent breast. Most of the time its the right breast though, ... [snip!] ... if you went through this before and had a predominant side, you're basically guaranteed to have the same thing happen again."</blockquote>



no prob, i have the same problem only its my right breast that produces more. It can be a little embarrassing too especially if he empties the left breast and then doesn't want to continue in the right side. Then there is like 3 size differences in my b**bs lol, and its noticeable!! : )

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 22591 posts
status 23rd Jul '13

Whoa, already so many replies, lol. Well, I had the same exact thing happen to me and I breastfed, lopsided, for 16 months. I tried the same as you to up the supply/size of my right b**b but it didn't really ever work out. Oh-well, it's a year (or 2,3) of your life, not that big of a deal, imo, as long as your still succefully breastfeeding! I think it's totally normal.

HisDiva3 TTC since Sep 2012; 5 kids; Twinsburg, Ohio 1827 posts
23rd Jul '13
Quoting Photo Assassin *32weeks*:" Bummer, I was hoping it was something I was doing wrong. I will remember to always start on the low ... [snip!] ... so if I ended on the left, start with the right, vice versa. This advice makes more sense to though. I appreciate it."


Along with that advice, it may be helpful to have someone experienced that can sit with you while you nurse, at least in the beginning. Because it could possibly be that you need to find a different way to hold your baby on that other side. I've nursed four of my own, and usually when one of my babies picked a better side, it had something to do with what I was doing. For example, you may already anticipate having a difficult time with the one side, so you may feel more anxiety, and that can cause you to grip tighter, etc. Something very slight can cause your baby to sense the discomfort and reject nursing on that side.



Photo Assassin 67 kids; Louisville, Kentucky 1666 posts
23rd Jul '13
Quoting HisDiva3:" Along with that advice, it may be helpful to have someone experienced that can sit with you while you ... [snip!] ... to grip tighter, etc. Something very slight can cause your baby to sense the discomfort and reject nursing on that side. "


Thank you! I have a MUCH better LC this time, and she plans on being by my side when I give birth and the first few weeks after. I totally agree, it could be something I AM doing wrong...



though it is helping me a little bit to read that it may actually just be my b**bs.