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  1. #1
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    Default Uneven pumping

    I pump considerably less milk from my right breast than from my left. I am trying to build my supply before i return to work so i pump at night after exclusively bfing all day. I typically pump btw 1-2 oz, guve or take. However, i've noticed that more and more often, the amount i pump from my right is far less. For example, tonight I pumped 1.5 oz from my left and .5 from my right. Is this normal? Is there any way I can increase the amount from my right? Thanks mamas!
    First-time mom to David Alan, born 5-20-12. Enjoying maternity leave for his 1st 5 months and then returning to full-time work as a school social worker and nursing mom.





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    Default Re: Uneven pumping

    Totally normal. Most moms notice they have one breast that makes more milk. It's only a problem if it's causing lopsidedness which makes you uncomfortable, or if the baby develops a real resistance to nursing from the lower-producing breast.

    This link covers lopsidedness and what to do about it: http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/lopsided/. Basically you're looking to increase stimulation to and milk removal from the underperforming breast, preferably by nursing, but by pumping if nursing isn't doing the trick.

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    Default Re: Uneven pumping

    Yep normal, in fact my 19 month old prefers the higher producer, when I pumped I'd ger like .5 oz on the right and 3-4oz on left.
    Mommy to Maxwell 10-9-07 weaned with love (a party and a remote control monster truck) on his 4th birthday
    My Boy 3-16-10
    And my sweet pea Sam 2-12-11

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    Default Re: Uneven pumping

    Thanks mamas! Anything I can do to increase production/ volume pumped from the lower producing breast? My son doesn't have preference and not experiencing lopsidedness.
    First-time mom to David Alan, born 5-20-12. Enjoying maternity leave for his 1st 5 months and then returning to full-time work as a school social worker and nursing mom.





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    Default Re: Uneven pumping

    Just checked out the kellymom link- great tips!

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