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I have one side that pumps well and the other side just doesn't care. For example, I pumped 5 ounces on my left side and 3/4 of an ounce on the right. I don't get it. I know there can be an imbalance, but this seems to be extreme. I think the baby does a lot better job on the low side though than the pump.
Also, the slow side tends to be creamier looking, while the fast side starts out watery for a while. So maybe the right side doesn't make foremilk.
My husband joked this morning and said one is "Tastes great" and the other is "Less filling". I may have to start calling them Miller and Miller Lite.
Do you pump both sides back to back or do you wait a bit in between sides?? I've noticed that if I pump one side, then wait like 15-30 minutes, I get a better flow out of the second side. If I pump them back to back, I have a hard time getting milk out of the second side.
I call mine Rockin' Righty and Lazy Lefty. Although the imbalance isn't as dramatic as your numbers are, they're definitely different, on a consistent basis. I only pump once a day at work right now, so I'm really curious to see whether a second pumping delivers a more balanced amount.
__________________ In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.
when i had DS I pumped at work and consistantly had 1-2 more ounce out of my left one then the right one. it was like that the whole time (9 months or so of pumping) and the dr said sometimes one side just produces more. I've noticed lately with the girls its a lot more consistant and they difference is attributable to which side i fed on last.
it could be that you just aren't getting it latched onto one side as good...do you notice that side feeling fuller during the day?
do you favor one side when you nurse? always offering the side that pumps better first maybe?
DH - Matt
DS - Owen 2yrs old (5/28/2009)
Twin Girls - April 23, 2012 (38 weeks)
3 angels (08, 10, 11)
I've tried changing it up. The slow side doesn't ever feel super full whereas if I favor the slow side a couple of time, the fast side will become rock hard, like pre-engorgement. So, I tend to alternate evenly unless she seems like she just wants to go to sleep, then I give her the slow side.