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Buddytheelf85 Sat 17-Aug-19 03:27:46

Hi all

I wonder if this has happened to anyone else. I’m BFing my 3 week old. Since around day 10, my left boob has been much more productive than my right. I first noticed it because of the difference in size - the left is a great big engorged F cup and the right is small and really soft - just like it was pre-pregnancy.

When it happened I wasn’t conscious of feeding the baby more on one side than the other. The problem’s getting worse now though because the baby can’t latch on to the small side properly - it’s too soft - and he fusses and pulls himself off because he’s not getting enough from it.

I’ve been pumping on the small side to try and increase supply. There is milk there, but not much. The HV told me to stop pumping and things would even out on their own, but the second I tried that my small boob pretty much dried up altogether.

Has this happened to anyone else? What did you do? Any advice gratefully received.

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Buddytheelf85 Sat 17-Aug-19 03:39:54

Sorry, forgot to mention that baby is gaining weight well - so clearly the large breast is making enough for him. The HV isn’t really bothered about it because he’s gaining weight.

I tried doing lots of skin to skin but all that did was make the productive boob even more engorged!

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WishingILivedOnAnIsland Sat 17-Aug-19 03:49:41

It's really normal to have one breast producing more milk than the other. Not a problem.

If you want to try and even then up a bit more, you might want to start feeding from the less productive breast first, and then swap over to the other side when bubs more full and sleepy.

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