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Breastfeeding: Your First 6 Months

Dana
DANA
Lactation Consultant
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We know—the first few months of breastfeeding can be tough. But, you've got this! All topics are on the table in today's Q&A with Tinyhood Lactation Consultant, Dana Czuczka.

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Supply levels
SARAH, PARENT OF 23 MONTH OLD, 4 MONTH OLD

I’ve noticed a greater supply in my right breast, is this normal? For example, I was able to pump 5 ounces from the right side and just two from the left in the same amount of time. My right side is always also visibly larger and more dense. I have been feeding her equally on both sides for the past three weeks since she has been born. However, I did have mastitis on my left side early on. Could this have stunted the supply ? Should I be doing anything to give the left side the opportunity to catch up and produce more?

Dana
DANA

It's very normal to have one breast that produces more than the other! That being said, it's also possible that some unresolved clogged ducts are diminishing supply on that side too. I would do a lot of gentle massage during nursing, pumping and showers. Some moms also have good luck getting ultrasound from a physical therapist who has expertise working with women/breastfeeding moms.

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Pumping
ALI, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

I am currently breastfeeding my 3 month old but want to pump to build a supply. I’m currently pumping twice a day. What is a good range for number of ounces to pump if you are also breastfeeding?

Dana
DANA

You’ll notice you’ll get the most milk of you pump in the am after your first feeding - this is when you are fullest. The volume you get really depends on a lot of factors including how strong your milk production is, what time you pump, how well hydrated you are, etc. some moms only get .5-1 ounces a breast....other’s can get a few ounces. Hard to put a number to it :)