Hi, I'm new, have a question about uneven milk supply between breasts/mastitus :)

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Registered: 05-06-2011
Hi, I'm new, have a question about uneven milk supply between breasts/mastitus :)
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Fri, 05-06-2011 - 9:28am

Hi, I'm Louie, new to the site and currently expressing milk for my little boy Mosi, who didn't take to breastfeeding at all - the two of us really struggled and when i found out about EPing i thought it sounded like a brilliant idea. I have been hoping to express as much as possible for him for at least six weeks (i hear breastmilk is especially important for this period), but have a problem recently - can anyone offer some wise and wonderful advise? many thanks in advance! -

i find my left breast gives much more milk, and far easier, than my right. this problem has been made worse as i developed mastitus in the right breast and am now on antibiotics for it. the advise my gp, and the books, have given is to keep pumping and drain the breast even through the pain, but how can i do that if nothing is coming out?! maximum 10-15ml comes out per pump.

I have found my milk supply seems weaker these last two days, too. it is demotivating that even using the double pump i seem to get only 30 or 40ml instead of the usual 60, 70, 80.

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Registered: 04-28-2011
I'm sorry to hear that you've been having a tough time. With the uneven amounts I think it's normal. My right breast routinely gives 1.5 to 2 times as much as the left and much easier and that's without plugged ducts or mastitis. I know it's frustrating to keep pumping when you're making less than you're used to but the stimulation of the pump will keep the milk flowing and hopefully also increase how much you make. There are great tips in the beginners' guide to try to increase production. Hang in there, you're working hard and doing something wonderful for your baby. Good luck and keep us posted:)
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Registered: 10-14-2010

Hi Louie, and welcome!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-06-2011

thanks for your replies, and supportive words :)

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-14-2011

I understand your frustration.