I have a dilemma that I would really appreciate your kind input on.
I'm starting to notice that my breasts are lopsided as far as milk supply goes. On top of that, my nipples are of two different sizes. My right breast I swear I could feed twins with, that's how much milk it produces. It also has the bigger, longer nipple, which is a good thing, as DS latches onto that breast quite easily without much assistance from me. My left breast is a totally different situation. The nipple is about half as long as my right, and it doesn't seem to produce enough milk to DS's liking. He always pulls at the nipple to stimulate more milk about 15 mins. into feeding (he never does this on the right side). Furthermore, if I start a nursing session on this breast, it takes dozens of attempts to get him to latch right, until we both become so frustrated that we settle for a latch that isn't ideal, but is less painful. My areolas are small, both about the size of a quarter, and he barely gets that much in his mouth on the left side.
What I'm troubled by is that the methods that I've read about in order to help correct these challenges sound contradictory, and I'm kind of left wondering what is the best course of action. I know that in order to increase milk production in my left breast, I need to feed on that breast first. I've also read that to help him latch better on a particular breast, I should start him on the breast he latches better, so latching him on the other breast isn't so much of a challenge.
So what would you do? Just deal with the lopsidedness in order to keep him latching properly, or increase milk production in the poor producing breast?