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The Perfect Food, Not Quite the Perfect Packaging (Anonymous)

March 9, 2011

Age: 30
# of pregnancies and births: 2 pregnancies, 2 births
Ages of children: 3 and 9 months

When my first daughter was born she showed a clear preference for my right breast to nurse from. When she began biting ‘lefty’ terribly to the point of bleeding I decided to nurse her exclusively from my right breast. I did consult with Dr. Newman first and he recommended it. So began her near 3 year career of nursing from one breast, til the day she weaned on New Years Eve 2010 of her own accord. She nursed through my entire second pregnancy and well after my second daughter was born. After my next little lady was born, the same thing happened. A clear preference for my right breast and a severe distaste for poor ‘lefty’. I decided to pull my left breast off the menu and now my second darling daughter only nurses from the one side.

Because of this I am very lopsided. “Righty” is a D cup, full, covered in stretch marks, veiny with a lovely pink nipple, always ready to fill a tiny tummy with milky goodness. “Lefty” is a small B cup, soft, even toned skin and near empty. It sure tries to keep up with the non-demand for milk though.

I do rely on the thoughts that someday they will soon resemble each other again. Also, I’m proud that even though I’ve had strange difficulties with my picky babies and their preferences, I’ve still been able to nurse them well and as long as they’d like. I’m not ready to allow them to go back to being a source of womanly sexiness between my husband and I, but that will come someday and like a good man he respects that entirely.

We’re all done having babies, so I know I’ll look rockin’ in a bathing suit again within the next few years. Fingers crossed!

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11 Responses to “The Perfect Food, Not Quite the Perfect Packaging (Anonymous)”

  1. e Says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 11:20 am

    you have the loveliest skin ever. ever! do you know why your kids prefer just the one side? just wondering as my little man did that to me sometimes too and i had no clue why.

  2. me Says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    It can be done, I have had 2 kids and Im 30 too and i look damn good in a bikini! its possible with hard work!

  3. MJ Says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    i think you look perfect just the way you are!! i never had that prob my babies didnt care what side as long as milk came out they were happy lol!! but both my boobs are huge, saggy and covered in SM’s.. im 33 weeks preggo with #3 and am looking forward to nursing again i acutally miss!! by the way your stomach looks amazing too i would take your bod any day!!

  4. Doulamama Says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I’m so glad you decided to post this photo. I had the same exact thing happen to me with my first child. She preferred the left side, and after three months, she would only nurse from that side. I was very lopsided for a long time- and I was teased by my daughter’s father. You can read my story- it was just posted here a few days ago under “progress, not perfection”. I decided to have a breast augmentation to correct the unevenness.

    I think it is awesome that you are able to nurse for so long. I don’t think your breasts look that uneven- they look great!

  5. Jeannie Says:
    March 9th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I’m so glad it’s not just me! My first had a small preference for my left, but not too marked. My second, now 10 months and still nursing, has a definite preference for the left and refuses the right unless she’s half asleep. They look lopsided! I don’t really mind, it’s not too noticeable unless you look closely, but I am a little self-conscious about it. I hope they go back to nearer equal once she weans!

  6. alexia Says:
    March 14th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    My son nursed on one side for over a year, after a year of nursing on both, and I had a huge left boob for a long time! It only took about a month for it to totally become the same size as the right one. They are not the same as they were before, but i still think they are great, and no amount of shrinking and sagging would make me think breast feeding was anything but amazing.

  7. Susy Says:
    March 17th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    My son had the same thing, though not as bad, and not as early. And mine was the left breast he prefered. But I knwo the frustration of being lopsided, since that breast was already the larger one pre pregnancy. (I stuff 2 nursing pads in my right cup of my bra. lol.)
    One time I tasted the milk on the right and it tasted different. More salty. I didn’t have mastitis or anythign though. I think the taste just changed the less he ate, and the less he ate the more it changed.

  8. Mike Says:
    March 30th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I think you are beautiful and have a great attitude.

  9. sebrina Says:
    April 7th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    My daughter did the same thing to my left breast and it only lasted as long as i breast fed her which happened to be about 8 months. I got preggers again 2 years later and they evened out completely and when i started doing yoga and pilates it perked them nicely so theres lotsa hope for a nice tata’s in the future

  10. ali Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    just a thing to consider, some babys appear to ‘prefer’ a certain side to nurse, but it may be because of their little bones and muscles being imbalanced from the trauma of birth. my baby girl would only turn her head to rest to her left side so we took her to the chiroprater and after a few weeks he restored her full range of motion. poor baby had a sore neck and probably painful headaches ;( and im so glad we found out so i wanted to share in case this may be the issue for other moms out there

  11. Anna Says:
    February 25th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    I did a random google search on lopsided breast during breast feeding and this picture popped up. I am so glad that I found it because I have been upset about my lopsided breast. Those lady’s post was so positive, it has changed my perspective. It’s temporary. The most important thing is that I am able to nurse me little one… It’s once in a lifetime.

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