We’ve all got one… a breast that produces less milk than the other. While a slight variation in production (1-1.5 ounces) is A-OK, any more than that can be frustrating. Luckily, with a varied pumping and feeding technique, it can be easy to whip the slacker into shape.
Variations to your Pumping Schedule
As your probably already know, breastmilk is made by your body based on supply/ demand. Somewhere along the road, your slacker boob got the message that it needed to produce less milk.
To get the breast producing again, we need to up the demand, but ONLY to one breast. Do this by pumping on the slacker boob in between your normal feedings and pump sessions.
For example, I pump 3 times a day (morning, noon and night). If I was working to fix a slacker, I would pump between my morning and lunch feeding and my lunch and evening feeding. If I was feeling extra ambitious, I could wake in the middle of the night to pump between night and morning session.
Continue to do this until you see an increase in production and a balance in both breasts.
Maintaining the Milk Supply
Once you have your milk producing equally, it is important that you maintain it by balanced feedings for baby. Make sure you are alternating between each feeding and giving baby equal time on each breast.
As always, make sure you are taking the right supplements to help maintain your milk supply. Here’s a post that has the details on all of my favorites!