With baby #3 nearing completion I am starting the concerns, today its breastfeeding. I want to make it longer than the 4 months with #2. One BIG problem I have is on one side I had both a lumpectomy and as a child an accident resulting in scar tissue. This has left me with ducts blocked by the scar and very tough dense tissue along the bottom of the area. It makes it very hard to pump or feed. My good side does, well, good. But the bad side only functions 1/2 way. I have heard of moms using only one side.
Just curious if anyone else has ever been through this or known someone with similar problems.
I have spoke with several LC, none had experience with this or could help in any way.
Proud mommy to Corbin:7, autism/epilepsy; Kayla:5, my bff; and Collin: 9/10/09. M.Ed. Early Childhood. Wife to my OT hubby. Breastfeeding, babywearin, home cookin SAHM.
I don't have specific experience with this, but my son has one side that he definitely prefers. He'll generally nurse longer on that side. I don't pump, but it seems that it produces more milk. If you have been able to nurse, I'd think that you would be able to again. If you can nurse on the side with the scar tissue, maybe one position will be better than another. I believe that they drain the area by their chin the best, so I'd try positioning his chin toward an area that had good milk ducts. I did find this link if you want to check it out. I know other have good reviews of the site. http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/lopsided.html
I was in two car accidents, and I think the seat belts (which saved my life, so I'm not dissing them) did some damage to the top half of my right breast. When I started nursing, I was getting horrible plugged ducts there all the time, until I learned that I had to take lecithin supplements to prevent them. Lecithin's cheap in bulk at the health food store, like $7/pound. I ate a teaspoon two or three times a day, and stopped getting plugged ducts! I hope this works for you.