+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Eco Goddess's Avatar
    Eco Goddess is offline Loving life under the Bodhi tree!
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Lake Macquarie, NSW
    Posts
    3,868
    Thanks
    41
    Thanked
    187
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts

    Default Expressing Question

    Just a quick one - I am full time expressing at the moment due to bubba not being able to latch and am finding my supply increasing each day. However I've noticed a big increase in one breast and only a slight increase in the other. In one breast the milk squirts out as soon as I start before slowing to a drip, wheras the other breast is a drip from the beginning. I am getting about 80mls from one side and 50 from the other. Any ideas why or how to fix it??

    Thanks!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    7,160
    Thanks
    1,701
    Thanked
    3,395
    Reviews
    4
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    I have full time expressed... And generally I always got more milk from one side than the other. Nothing really made much of a difference to be honest, I figured it was normal! Though I did start pumping twice from the same side to see if I got a second let down in one pumping session. So I would pump left side, then right, then go back to left than right...that seemed to help get more. Sorry, I'm no expert!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Perth, Western Australia
    Posts
    1,914
    Thanks
    364
    Thanked
    1,502
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Hi Eco G,

    I expressed full-time for my DD - my right breast produced over double what my left did! Apparently it's not unusual and not always something that can be corrected.

    Make sure you completely drain your breasts until not a single drop is coming out and express regularly, that's the best way to increase supply whilst expressing full-time.

    Good luck and you're doing a great job by expressing full-time!

  4. #4
    Busy-Bee's Avatar
    Busy-Bee is offline Offending people since before Del :D
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Brisbane
    Posts
    11,183
    Thanks
    3,664
    Thanked
    4,704
    Reviews
    2
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts
    Awards:
    Past Moderator - Thank you
    No need to fix, just keep going as you are. I used to be able to express twice as much from one side as I could from the other. One side just had more breast tissue. You could try expressing for longer on the side that doesn't produce as much. When I first had DD she favoured the right and was fussy on the left (smaller boob). I bf'd her for 18 months and I realised at some point after I got good at bf'ing that she ended up favouring the other side. I figured it was because I was right handed and I preferred to feed her from the left to keep my right arm free so I subconsciously let he feed longer on the left.

  5. #5
    Eco Goddess's Avatar
    Eco Goddess is offline Loving life under the Bodhi tree!
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Lake Macquarie, NSW
    Posts
    3,868
    Thanks
    41
    Thanked
    187
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Thanks everyone - glad to know its normal!

    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    .

    Can I ask how come bub cannot attach? I ask because my own experience tells me that babies bottle fed more often than not take a preference to the bottle and pumping is really hard work- much harder than breastfeeding. Depending on the attachment issue you may be best off to look at using a SNS or a supply line. Either of these will ensure bub gets ready access to the milk but bub also learns to associate breasts with milk. It also helps with your supply as your breasts are being readily stimulated and it helps the hormones flow.... Sometimes an attachment issue is something easily corrected early on rather than later.
    I am hoping it will be short term but there seems to be a combination of problems - no matter what the LC's and midwives have tried they cant get her to open her mouth wide enough to attach properly and she is then chomping instead of sucking - doing lots of damage. Then there is the issue of vasospasms. I am trying to let my nipples heal and then going to reattach her now she is a few days older and see if she can open her mouth better. I would definitely rather breastfeed than pump but spent 5 days in hospital with mastitis with DS due to damaged nipples (he was exactly the same) and just cant do that to myself or my littlies again. Am hoping we can get it happening ASAP!


 

Similar Threads

  1. Is expressing necessary?
    By mumsrulz in forum Breastfeeding Support
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 06-01-2013, 11:24
  2. Question about expressing!!
    By gluteousmaximus in forum Pregnancy & Birth General Chat
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 19-11-2012, 10:46
  3. Expressing question
    By moosey in forum Breastfeeding Support
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 28-10-2012, 20:26

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
free weekly newsletters | sign up now!
who are these people who write great posts? meet our hubbub authors!
Learn how you can contribute to the hubbub!

reviews
learn how you can become a reviewer!

competitions

forum - chatting now
christmas gift guidesee all Red Stocking
Shapland Swim Schools
Shapland's at participating schools offer free baby orientation classes once a month - no cost no catches. Your baby will be introduced to our "natural effects" orientation program develop by Shapland's over 3 generations, its gentle and enjoyable.
sales & new stuffsee all
Wendys Music School Melbourne
Wondering about Music Lessons? FREE 30 minute ASSESSMENT. Find out if your child is ready! Piano from age 3 years & Guitar, Singing, Drums, Violin from age 5. Lessons available for all ages. 35+ years experience. Structured program.
Use referral 'bubhub' when booking
featured supporter
Baby Sensory
Baby Sensory is the only baby programme that offers a complete approach to learning & development. Our classes offer an exciting world full of fun sensory experiences for parents and babies to enjoy.
gotcha
X

Pregnant for the first-time?

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!