breastfeeding: Only one boob works :( anyone else?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have read about other women on the internet solely relying on one breast to feed their child. Breastfeeding is based on supply and demand so apart from your own comfort point of view (sometimes a baby being on one breast for ages can feel a bit sore) from a milk production point of view your one breast should be able to produce however much you want. 

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

No… but all of my kids have preferred one breast.  And it made it so that side priduced way more than the other.  Even now he only nurses on the one side except maybe once a day.  And he is fine, and my supply is fine.  I think you can do it, it will just make them really uneven, lol.  And I know all about that.  I am a full 2 cup sizes larger on the left now.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Both boobs work, but my son prefers my right side. By this point he only nurses on that side a couple times a day (he’s 16 months). I think my right side has a quicker letdown and just produced more from the start. Like others have said, it’s all about supply and demand so you may not need to supplement at all (I didn’t). The only bad part is that now my right breast is at least 1 cup size larger than the left. I’m hoping it will even out a bit since I’m pregnant with my second. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I had one side work much better then the other. I think it was the nipple shape. My son preferred the side that flowed better. He would nurse on both side but definitely preferred one side. I saw a Lactation consultant that told me it was totally normal and some women end up using only one side throughout their nursing relationship. She said the reason we have two boobs is for twins! (Not sure if she was serious but it makes sense!) 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I am exclusively pumping, but my right boob produces *significantly* less than my left.  On an average pumping session, I get around 5 oz from the left and 1.5 from the right.  If I had to feed my baby from just the left, I am sure I could.  My left boob is wayyyy bigger than my right.  I have cleavage that is completely off center.  My mom laughs at me when we go clothes shopping for having uneven boobs, but I don’t care because my baby is getting fed.  

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

                 

faith9 :  Well both my breasts worked for nursing but my left one was the champion boob and the right was never as full and couldn’t really keep up. I would try to feed more or pump more on the right to up it’s production but it was a bit like a limp noodle. And then by focusing on my right, my left would get majorly engorged forcing me to pump it like crazy only perpetuating it to get big again….it was a cycle I fought for the whole 13 months of breastfeeding. A few times I was even but mostly I had a cantelope and an apple. After breastfeeding they both went down to double A’s. womp womp.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

faith9 : I actually donated some milk to a woman with only one “working” boob, she’d had a surgery similar to yours (I think) years before and that side just didn’t produce milk. I think it’s pretty normal! She relied on donor milk as much as possible and also formula to supplement. Good for you for breastfeeding! Best of luck!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

faith9 :  

this will be me, having breast surgery and they let me know it will affect my ability to breast feed.

I think I wasn’t going to breast feed anyway, but I know they say it’s better. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Np, however I did have surgery on my left breast to remove a non cancerous cyst… oddly enough my left breast produces ,ore milk than my right! 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I started BFing, but have now stopped as I had low supply.. on both sides. However, when I was giving him the boob… it was my right one mainly. And, I read that was normal, that one boob may produce more than the other. I’d pump and not get much from my left. So, I’d mainly feed right and just pump both at some point if anything was coming from my right.

I met with a LC after I gave birth and both combined were barely making an ounce (even after pills and changing my diet), wich is why we had to supplement at the beginning. It sucked, but I wanted my baby to gain weight so we did what we had to do.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My left side was producing twice as much as my right for a while. It could work.

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