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Old 02-13-2013, 04:46 PM   #1
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Different amounts from each breast?

I have been pumping for five months for my preemie. I was lucky to have a very good supply despite her early birth and a c-section - I got between 35 and 40 oz per day while she was in the hospital (4 and a half months) and I'm now getting between 25 and 30 oz per day (the last three weeks - the stress of being at home with her, I guess). I pump five times a day - shortly before she came home the inhouse lactation consultant helped me get down to a manageable schedule.

The weird thing though is that I'm getting such different amounts - my left breast used to slightly outproduce my right, but now my right will produce 3-4 oz in a session and the left will produce one, maybe one and a half. It doesn't switch up at a later pumping, and it never feels full anymore, either.

Has this happened to anyone else? Any suggestions for getting it back up to speed? I really can't pump any more frequently, unfortunately - I wish I could work it in but trying to do that while caring for a medically fragile infant made me almost quit pumping entirely. I eat oatmeal and other milk-helping foods, avoid the bad stuff, drink lots of water - it's just weird that it's so one-sided!

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My right side always produces about twice as much as the left. I have no idea why. It has done it with all three nurslings.
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my right always produces 2-4x what the left does. (1-1.5oz on left, 2-4 on the right)
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my right always produces 2-4x what the left does. (1-1.5oz on left, 2-4 on the right)
Yup! Everyone generally has a super boob. Based on which side they most comfortably nurse on. I find I favor my right side. Idk why. But I do. So it's my happy boob!
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:21 PM   #5
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Re: Different amounts from each breast?

I had the same issue but it's my left that makes more milk, I can get 9 oz out of my left side and only 5 out of my right side. I had no idea why it was but I have always produced more milk on my left side.
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Re: Different amounts from each breast?

That's so weird! Mine have always been roughly equal until lately. Glad to know I am not alone though!
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Yep, my right has always made about an ounce more than the left. The only time the left makes more is if I let it get a bit engorged.
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:52 AM   #8
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Re: Different amounts from each breast?

me too! i normally start my feedings in the morning with the lesser producing breast, when i am with baby, to help even things out.
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Same here. Right is the super boob!
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:01 AM   #10
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Re: Different amounts from each breast?

I wish I could produce as much as you, I can only get 10 ounces a day I can usually get 3out of the right side and 1 out of the left . My daughter just likes the left side better, I guess!
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