Before I start, let me just say that this is the 5th baby I have nursed and I am sure there is some sort of issue with my right breast. It isn't something I am doing wrong. my left side works just the way it is supposed to. I am thankful I have one good side.
My right booby is broken. It doesn't produce much. It never lets down. It never satisfies my children. I have worked and worked through 4 other children trying to start each feeding on that side when they feed more vigorously to stimulate flow. I have pumped and pumped on that side to increase production. I have taken supplement and prescriptions. Nothing has ever helped. All it has resulted in each time is a very cranky baby and foremilk/hindmilk imbalance problems.
This time I have been determined to find a solution so that I am able to nurse with both sides effectively. It isn't starting off well. We are already seeing a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance problem since that side never lets down. The baby gets mad about that side because it never becomes satisfying without let down. My last son absolutely refused to eat on that side as he got older because he knew it didn't work. Even tilting him in that direction would send him into a rage.
Since detecting that it is once again a problem. I have started a highly lactogenic diet, have been drinking mother's milk tea, have begun herbal tinctures that are supposed to improve the supply and content, and have started taking herbal supplements. I massage the breast each time I feed him. I have started only nursing one side each time which is starting to correct the foremilk hindmilk imbalance issue since the left side works like a champ. The problem is when I make him eat on the right side, he is left hungry and very unhappy.
I am just not sure what else to do. The last time, I just ended up using left side only which was fine. I guess. It just really bothers me that I can't get both sides to be effective.
Here is a pic of a typical meal. I can't eat it all, but I eat a little bit of everything to make sure I am getting all the nutrients I need for breastmilk health. This meal had barley, eggs, spinach, onion, cheese, avocado, turkey, salmon, blueberries, and coconut/almond milk. All foods that are supposed to be very good at supporting breastfeeding. :( I am at a loss and don't know if there is any chance that I can get the right side to ever be successful.