Re: Problem with Pumping, Unbalanced Supply, and Nursing Str
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When there's a problem with lopsided production, the best way to deal with it is to give more stimulation to the underperforming side by nursing and/or pumping more often on that side. At work, this might mean that you pump the overachieving right side for 5 minutes but give the underachieving left breast for 10. At home, try offering the left side for unlimited time, and pumping afterwards if possible. I would also make sure that the shield on the left is properly fitted- it's common for a mom to need two different sizes of shields, and poorly fitting shields can reduce the effectiveness of the pump.
At home, I would strongly encourage you to limit or do without bottles. I know it's really hard not to run for a bottle when the baby finishes the left side and is still screaming for more milk- but every time you reward that sort of behavior with a bottle you're basically teaching your baby that fussing is the way to get a bottle. Result: increased fussing. If he finishes the left and is still hungry, offer the right breast. If he refuses the right, relatch him on the left and let him have a second try at getting his needs met there. And then offer the right again.
Any chance of taking a bit of time off of work in order to take a nursing vacation- just you and baby nursing all the time, no bottles, no pumping? Maybe over Christmas?
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