Un­even breasts

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Expert Advice -

It’s nor­mal for one breast to be slightly big­ger than the other, but when one breast is three sizes smaller than the other, you’ll find that sup­ply is very un­even and there is a notable dif­fer­ence in stor­age ca­pac­ity. This dif­fer­ence in size may only be­come ap­par­ent as your glan­du­lar tis­sue builds up to full-pro­duc­tion mode in late preg­nancy. You may be wor­ried about how much milk you’ll be able to pro­duce if one breast is very small. The up­side is that if you have one small and one medium to large breast, this is eas­ier than breast­feed­ing with two small breasts, so don’t be put off.

To help even up the sup­ply, feed from both sides at each feed. Start feed­ing with your smaller breast in the morn­ing when your sup­ply is high­est, and with your big­ger side at later feeds. Any breast that makes milk can pro­duce more milk, so per­se­vere on your smaller side and the sup­ply will in­crease.

Un­even pro­duc­tion lev­els can make it tricky to get into a breast­feed­ing pat­tern, so at first just fo­cus on es­tab­lish­ing your milk sup­ply by en­sur­ing your smaller breast is never full for too long, or your sup­ply will drop.

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