Saturday, August 7, 2010

She Looks a Tad Uneven

Because I had so much trouble trying to get R to breastfeed, I always tried to get her to latch on to the one side that worked best. My right breast was slower than the left to let down milk, and I'm left-handed, so I had an easier job massaging and squeezing milk out of the left breast. When it came time to try to feed the baby, guess which breast I went for first? And guess which breast R never got to because I had to switch to the bottle? That's right: the left breast got all the play while the right wasn't even in the game. The result is that my left breast is noticeably bigger than the right, especially when it's full of milk.

I'm trying to fix the problem now by pumping both breasts every 3 hours as I had been, but also pumping only the right one every 1 1/2 hour. The result is a lot of time spent sitting around pumping, and I feel even more uneven with just the right breast empty. Hopefully the additional pumping time will convince the right breast to start making more milk (it was always at least 1 ounce short of what the left could produce), which in turn will plump it up to look similar to the left side. I'm looking forward to dropping the 1 1/2 hour right pump after it catches up. I hope it doesn't take too much longer; I never was one to stuff my bra, and I'm not going to start now.


becky said...

the good news is that I saw you the day you typed this and I did not notice that your boobies were lopsided. :-)

shelookslikeamom said...

Yay! I'm glad to hear it. And it was great to see you!

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