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January 31st, 2013, 06:10 AM
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A little back story - I had an emergency c section on the 18th and my milk has been super slow to come in. I've had to supplement but I'm still trying to keep up some bfing relationship, even though not much milk has come in.

Something is going on with the girls though. One boob feels heavy and full and the other one feels the same as it always has. When I pump I hardly get anything out of the under performing boob, while the fuller breast gradually produces more and more every day.

Any suggestions on what I should do to get production out of this low performing breast? I'm using fenugreek, eating oatmeal, drinking tons of water, pumping.
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January 31st, 2013, 07:06 AM
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I don't think it is all that uncommon to have one that doesn't perform as well as the other. Sometimes it is due to clogged ducts (though those are usually painful...can be massaged out to help that). Other times, I have no idea. What I did when that happened to me was to offer that breast first more often than the other, to try to balance them out. Over time, I think it helped, but that one always was a little bit behind the other one when it came to pumping.
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January 31st, 2013, 01:53 PM
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My right breast always produced half as much milk as the left and was also the one i always got blocked duct on! I would just keep pumping that lesser performing breast as much as you can to stimulate production. And as you taper down on the supplementation, your milk supply will increase as well. It has only been a week, today, so give it time.
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February 2nd, 2013, 06:12 PM
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Yes, it's common to have one breast with a lower supply than the other one, but it varies with each woman to how much less. I've always heard that pumping more on the side that doesn't produce as much will help bump your supply up a little.
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February 3rd, 2013, 05:17 PM
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My right side is not as good of a performer as the left side too, hang in there and hopefully it'll even out a bit for ya
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February 3rd, 2013, 06:39 PM
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I don't think it is all that uncommon to have one that doesn't perform as well as the other. Sometimes it is due to clogged ducts (though those are usually painful...can be massaged out to help that). Other times, I have no idea. What I did when that happened to me was to offer that breast first more often than the other, to try to balance them out. Over time, I think it helped, but that one always was a little bit behind the other one when it came to pumping.
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