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April 1st, 2010, 01:01 PM
KiwiMommy's Avatar Ashlynn's Mama
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I've noticed the past week or so, and more significantly the past few days, that my left breast is producing a LOT less than the right. I notice it more at night, when I alternate sides throughout the night. Ashlynn still wakes up about 2-4 times a night (usually 3-4) to eat, and when I feed her on the left, she's awake again to eat within around an hour and a half. On the right, she will go 2 1/2-3 hours.
It's making it difficult to get sleep myself, as she's up to eat shortly after I get to sleep when she eats on my left side.
I'm not sure what I should do to fix it..
I also pump, as I go to night classes for a 2-4hrs a night 4 days a week, and I've noticed that when I get home, If I pump the right, I get 4-5oz or so (which is Ashlynn's typical meal) then when I feed her on the left, she's looking to eat shortly after. If I pump on the left, I don't get enough for the next day, but she's more satisfied when she eats on the right..
Is there a method I could use (without having to lounge and nurse for a couple days, or eat oatmeal/take fenugreek) that could increase my left side's supply but not decrease the right?
I was debating on feeding her on the left for a few hours at a time (she eats more during the day) and perhaps pumping the right, but I was worried the pump wouldn't empty me enough and would decrease my right side's supply..

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April 1st, 2010, 09:59 PM
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I don't have any experience with this, but I know it's pretty common. Here's a link from Kellymom with some tips on increasing your supply on just one side: kellymom.com :: Lopsided! What can I do?
Andrea, mom to 3 beautiful girls - Abigail (8) Annabelle (6) and Alexis (3)

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April 2nd, 2010, 07:47 AM
proudmomto4boys!'s Avatar no clue what I am doing!
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my boys have always prefered the left breast over the right just because the left breast always have produced more, honestly I have never worried about, sometimes the right breast would catch up but then it would get behind again, I offer both breast at feedings even when I think he is full and dont wont the other breast sometimes he surprises me and eats for another 10mins, majority of the time when he eats the right side he will eat on the left, and when he eats on the left not all times he wants the right, I dont know how to fix it, I do know that as long as you keep breastfeeding that one side will NOT dry up, so you dont have to worry about that, but one side having less supply never bothered me nor my boys. I breastfed ds1-6mos, ds2-1yr, ds3-16mos(then got pregnant with ds4 and had to quit because of history of m/c)and ds4-so far 6mos. but if it bothers you I am sure there are ways to fix it good luck
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April 3rd, 2010, 01:36 AM
KiwiMommy's Avatar Ashlynn's Mama
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Thank you! I figured I wouldn't worry, since it's not a huge problem

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