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Post by happy_chick on Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:45 pm

Ive always had one breast bigger than the other, its quite a big difference (a full cup size) and has always made me quite paranoid. Since BF the difference is even more, I know that it makes a difference if your right handed or left handed and it is comfier to feed from my left breast so its likely i have favoured this one without realising.

I know the supply is lower on the smaller breast as I cant express much where as the other I can. How can I increase the supply on the smaller breast, I have tried to feed more on that one but it hasnt made much difference?

I feel even more paranoid now.. pls help!
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Post by nichola on Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:54 pm

I have this problem too as Jack feeds mainly from one side and at night will only feed from his favoured side. This causes problems as my arm goes to sleep cos I have to lie on the same side all night Laughing

Be reassured that it is more then likely only noticeable to you.

How much you can pump is not a good indication of supply it just shows you how much you can express not how much milk is there and your baby is always better at getting milk than a pump.

Just try to offer each breat equally and not favour one over the other although most babies have a favourite side.

Do you use anything to help you remember which side you last fed from? Maybe a bangle you could swap from arm to arm?

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Post by jools on Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:11 pm

My right boob has always been quite noticably bigger than the left and still is to this day! Brody has always favoured the right hand side too!

As Nichola says, don't worry about the expressing thing, I have never been able to express much at all from either side, but even less from the left side. It's no indication of how much milk is in there! I could be feeling so full but still wouldn't be able to express anything! No pump is as good as your baby at getting it out!!!

I just carried on offerring alternate boob each feed!
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Post by Natasha on Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:12 pm

I had the same problem, no matter what I did I couldn't even them out.

They are still like it, but ive learnt to live with it, and have decided next time I will feed from the smaller one first to hopefully even them out Razz

I agree with Nichola, your pump flow is no relection of your supply.

Try a football/rugby hold on the side shes not keen on Smile

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Post by happy_chick on Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:16 pm

She doesnt mind feeding from either but I think its me who feels more comfortable with my left so that my right hand can be asily free Embarassed spose its just one of those things... just as long as I know im not a freak hehe!

I know my right has less than my left cos I can tell when theyre full.

Will try to use a bangle to remember which side I last fed from Smile


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Post by Natasha on Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:17 pm

:haha: No your not a freak hun :aww:


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Post by happy_chick on Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:19 pm

Breast Buddies wrote::haha: No your not a freak hun :aww:


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There are others that wud disagree bounce lol!
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Post by angpixi on Sun Apr 20, 2008 8:45 am

Laughing ive had this probem since i fed aeryn! they settled down for a while towards the last bit of my pregnancy but willow (and me) prefer feeding on the left so its a cup size bigger! my other kids think its hilarious they put balloons up their tops on one side and say look im like mam- im now a family joke! rest assured when you do stop bf it isnt so noticable-eventually
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Post by piesmummy2006 on Sun Apr 20, 2008 2:30 pm

just thought i would add one of mine is bigger then the other hun! xx :aww:
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Post by metalgreymon on Sun Apr 27, 2008 11:48 am

My right boob has always been a bit bigger than my left. Llando prefers the smaller one tho.
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Post by SarahW on Fri May 09, 2008 10:18 pm

Me too i got one side bigger than the other. By the way great tip with bangle i'm guna try that cos i have to rack my brains to remeber which side i offered mollie at last feed.Sometimes i can tell but others i cant so will defo be using that tip.
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