4 Ways to Balance Breast Size During Breastfeeding

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4 Ways to Balance Breast Size During Breastfeeding
4 Ways to Balance Breast Size During Breastfeeding

During breastfeeding, it is common for breasts to become disproportionately sized. The problem can occur for a number of reasons, such as discrepancies in milk production between the breasts, with one breast producing too little milk compared to the other. In some cases, one breast may produce a normal amount while the other has an above normal production (causing enlargement and possible blockages). These problems are treatable, so you can balance your breast size with a few simple tips.


Method 1 of 4: Balancing Breasts Through Breastfeeding

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Step 1. Start breastfeeding the baby with the smallest breast

The suction of the child's mouth is what triggers milk production. As babies tend to suck more at the beginning of breastfeeding, offering the smaller breast first can increase the flow of milk to the breast, helping to balance their size.

  • This solution works only if one breast produces milk normally while the other has a drop in production. If a breast is overproducing, it may be necessary to drain the fluid to prevent over-enlargement.
  • Another option is to offer the smaller breast more often than the larger breast.
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Step 2. Pump the smaller breast more

After feeding the child, try pumping the smaller breast for about ten minutes. Also, try pumping it between feeds.

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Step 3. Take the baby to a pediatrician

In some cases, a child's preference for a breast may mean that he or she is uncomfortable in a certain position. This discomfort can indicate some illnesses, such as ear infections. If you notice that the baby always complains in a certain position, take him to a doctor.

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Step 4. Understand that there is no problem with this

Having breasts of different sizes does not indicate that there is something wrong with your health, except when there are other symptoms. In fact, most women produce different amounts of milk from each breast, causing size discrepancies. It is possible to breastfeed the child with only one breast if necessary, which will gradually return the other to the size it was before pregnancy.

Method 2 of 4: Treating Engorgement

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Step 1. Keep an eye on the symptoms of the condition

The breasts usually get bigger after delivery, but in some cases engorgement is possible, a condition that makes the breasts hard and swollen because of blocked milk flow. Symptoms also include breast tenderness and throbbing. In some cases, it is possible to feel the nipple becoming flattened or a mild fever.

Left untreated, engorgement can develop into blockage, a medical problem that causes discrepancies in breast sizes

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Step 2. Breastfeed often to avoid engorgement

It is important to breastfeed the child, as long as he wants to eat, of course, between eight and 12 times a day. Try to breastfeed the child every four hours; if she's asleep, wake her up to eat.

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Step 3. Prepare before breastfeeding

Make the process easier by applying a warm compress before breastfeeding if the milk is still coming out. Apply only medium heat and for three minutes. Another option is to gently massage the breast to promote the release of milk.

Massage the breast while the child is sucking it

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Step 4. Breastfeed only with the breast engorged

When there is engorgement, give preference to breastfeeding the child with the affected breast. When a breast is producing less milk than normal, the recommendation is to use it to stimulate production; when it is swollen, you need to focus on it to help eliminate the problem-causing accumulation of milk.

It is common for only one breast to be engorged. The problem hardly affects both breasts at the same time

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Step 5. Focus on hitting the handle

If the baby isn't holding the breast well, you need to see a specialist (such as a doctor or lactation consultant) to help with the problem. It is possible that the child is not getting enough milk.

To facilitate attachment, bring the child's head under the breast, bringing her chin closer to the breast. Have her touch her lower lip to the underside of the areola. Thus, the child will be able to pull the breast a lot, positioning the nipple towards the back of the mouth

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Step 6. Pump breasts only when necessary

When you are breastfeeding regularly (with intervals of a few hours), you only need to pump your breasts when they become stiff and the child is not yet ready to eat. Excessive pumping will encourage the body to produce more milk, which can cause engorgement for prolonged periods. Also, keep it brief, pumping for no more than three minutes.

If your maternity leave is over and you need to pump your breasts so that you can leave the milk in the bottle at home, try to pump the milk at the same times as usual and every four hours

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Step 7. Use cold to relieve sensitivity

When not breastfeeding, apply a cold compress to your breasts to control the pain. An ice pack wrapped in a cloth can be applied before or after breastfeeding.

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Step 8. Choose a suitable bra

The correct bra size can help fight engorgement. Beware of bras that are too tight and contain wire at the base, as you could end up cutting off the blood flow and contributing to engorgement. Ideally, the bra should provide enough support for the breast without squeezing it.

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Step 9. Know when to contact a doctor

When you notice hardening and pain in your breasts, it's time to go see a doctor. Call the office if your child is having difficulty nursing or you have a fever above 38°C.

It is possible to notice a certain stiffness in the first days of breastfeeding; this is normal. If sudden stiffness also causes pain, it's time to see a doctor

Method 3 of 4: Treating clogging of lactiferous ducts

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Step 1. Keep an eye out for symptoms

When an engorged sinus is completely blocked, the lactiferous ducts can become clogged. Basically, the ducts get clogged and don't allow the milk to come out. A painful lump will form on the breast; the problem does not usually accompany a fever.

In most cases, the sinus is only partially blocked. Sometimes, however, skin cells grow at the tip of the nipple. Small white balls will form and become visible

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Step 2. Feed the baby with the clogged side

As with engorgement, it is important to focus on the damaged side to release the clogging.

Even if the breast is completely blocked, breastfeeding can be helpful. If the baby is unable to remove the small skin cells, remove them with a washcloth or fingernails

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Step 3. Apply a hot compress

The use of heat helps to relieve pain as well as release clogging. Apply the compress before breastfeeding to facilitate the release of milk.

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Step 4. Massage your breasts

Massage also helps to unclog the lactiferous ducts. Start at a sore spot by rubbing your hands in the direction of the nipple. Movement helps to relieve pain and improve milk flow.

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Step 5. Help the baby with the handle

This is very important for improving milk flow. A baby who doesn't hold the breast properly may not suck the milk fast enough. In addition to causing blockages, the baby may not get enough milk.

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Step 6. Keep an eye on mastitis

If you get chills or have a fever above 38°F (30.3°C), it is likely that you have mastitis, not clogged ducts. The problem also causes a feeling of general malaise, in addition to all the symptoms felt with the clogging of the lactiferous ducts. The skin on the breast may turn red and there is a burning sensation, especially during breastfeeding. When you notice the combination of symptoms, see a doctor.

Mastitis is basically a breast infection that develops after a blockage in the ducts

Method 4 of 4: Hiding Size Differences

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Step 1. Try on a cupped nursing bra

Most bras for moms contain padding to absorb the extra flow of milk. Choose a model that contains extra modeling or bulge. If the chosen model has both, even better. The combination of these features will help to hide the difference in size between the breasts.

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Step 2. Use a bowl on the short side

You can buy separate cups or a bra that has removable cups. Don't use it on the long side, just on the short side; this way, the breasts will look more even.

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Step 3. Choose the bra size according to the biggest breast

If you need to buy a new bra because of the irregularity of the size, choose a model suitable for the biggest breast so that you don't squeeze it into a small bra.

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