The asymmetry of life, it finds us everywhere doesn’t it?
I assume you are reading this particular article today because there’s something in your life that is a little off-balance.
Which in this case, it’s that you have one breast producing more milk than the other or you could say, one that is slacking. Depends on if you want to look at the bottle as half empty or half full.
But no worries, because you are going to read this full article from start to finish to get ALL of the tips I have to help you fix a slacker boob.
What Causes A Slacker Boob?
The reasoning behind your uneven supply can be pretty straight forward for the most part. Most of the time, a breast that has began to fall short in milk production can be due to the demand being turned down for that one breast.
For instance, if you are nursing and your baby tends to favor one breast over the other – the breast getting the most action will produce more milk.
This is the equation of supply and demand.
If you are breast pumping to maintain your supply, a slight variation in milk production from breast to breast can be completely normal and expected.
However, if you are noticing that one breast is producing a significant amount more milk than the other, it is time to address the discrepancy and put some of the tips I have for you into practice.
Tips to increase milk production in a slacker boob
One breast is producing less milk than the other and we have determined the demand switch on that breast has been turned down.
The easiest way to increase milk production in a slacker boob is to re-implement a nursing or pumping routine that will signal a surplus supply and demand response out of the slacker boob.
Breast pumping routine to even out milk supply
Lets begin correcting this uneven milk supply with a targeted breast pumping routine.
If you are exclusively pumping, the method best used to correct this issue is quite simple, it just takes a little extra time.
I would recommend performing your breast pumping routine as usual, pump both breasts at the same time.
Once you have finished fully emptying both breasts, go ahead and wait 10 minutes and then begin again on the slacker boob.
Pump the slacker breast for about 10 more minutes, pause another 10 minutes and begin again.
This method is similar to cluster or power pumping. The reason you pause in between is because every time you resume pumping, there may be another half an ounce or so waiting to be expressed.
Every extra drop you get through this strategy will eventually begin to tell your lazy boob it needs to catch up!
Other helpful techniques to correct a lazy boob
In congruency with the breast pumping routine stated above, you can also add other therapeutic remedies into your slacker boob solutions.
Heat is a wonderful tool that can help to promote the expression and production of more breast milk. Try taking a hot shower before you pump and really focus that water flow onto your under-producing breast.
You can also use a designated tool that is designed to add heat during a breast pumping session to aid in milk letdown. Like this awesome hands-free heating pack.
Try some vibration
Did you know that vibration is an extremely effective tool to use as an exclusive pumper?
Vibration on the breasts before and during your pumping session can dramatically increase milk flow, help eliminate clogs and even trigger multiple letdowns.
Here is a lactation massager you can scoop up from Amazon and keep in your breast pumping kit. It will come in handy!
Nursing a slacker boob back into shape
This next section will be focused primarily on the exclusively nursing mom who notices an uneven supply.
How do you know if you have one breast with less milk while exclusively nursing?
- You may find that your baby favors one breast over the other.
- Your baby may put up quite a fight when you attempt to feed them on the breast that is producing less milk.
- Look in the mirror – are your breasts two totally different sizes when they are full?
At any rate, the question is, how do you fix a slacker boob when exclusively nursing?
This issue could have arose in any innocent way, forgetfulness. Yes, maybe you just couldn’t remember what side you nursed on last and therefore, may have given one breasts a little too mush attention too many times.
If this is the case, these cute little breastfeeding reminder tabs should do the trick!
Nursing habits that may have contributed to your lazy boob
You may have acquired a lazy boob due to nursing too frequently on one side just because it’s more comfortable. I always felt more comfortable nursing on my right side.
That is until my child with gums made of razor blades eventually wore a deep gash half way through my nipple. T.M.I.?
Which led me down the long and winding road of exclusively pumping.
If you are looking for more guidance, support and confidence with your breast pumping and milk supply – follow me down this path!
Rectifying this cause may be as simple as switching up your breastfeeding position. Such as, laying down on your side to nurse (my personal favorite).
Try a nursing pillow that will give you more support. I used the Boppy at first, but I didn’t actually find it to be as ergonomically accommodating as I would have hoped.
Try instead the My Brest Friend nursing pillow. I have seen and heard a lot of really positive reviews about this particular nursing pillow and it does look very supportive. Find it on Amazon for $39.99.
I think you have some pretty solid tips to help you conquer this slacker boob situation. I know it can be frustrating to see one breast producing more milk than the other.
It kind of makes you feel like a freak, but I promise this is totally normal and can be fixed with a strategic plan!
Begin implanting the tips I gave you in this article and don’t forget to save it for later on Pinterest to refer back to!
I always end a post with a little treasure at the end, and here are some gems I want you to check out!
- Video and e-courses designed to help you breastfeed and pump with confidence so you can just enjoy your baby and the beautiful breastfeeding relationship you can have with her.
- My recommendations page
- A free eBook with my top milk boosting tips!