Breastfeeding moms – question about feeding off only one side

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I had the same issue with my son. latching on the left was fine but he just wouldn’t take the right most of the time. Eventually my milk just evened out to have more on the side I used the most often. I fed him this way for a year. The only downside was I forever have one breast larger than the other. Good luck! you can do it!

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My DS was a breastfeeding star, right from the start, but around 8 weeks, he decided that he didn’t want to nurse from the left side anymore. There was never an issue with latch, just preference, I guess. It was extremely frustrating at first, always worrying if he was getting enough. Eventually I just chilled out about it, as he was gaining weight and was happy enough. Around that time, I did get a manual breast pump and would pump the left side after every feed, just to keep my production up. I only did this for a few weeks.

Now at 6 months, he still prefers the right and my body has definitely compensated by having the right produce a lot more. I always start on the left side and sometimes, especially at night, DS will nurse quite well from that side, but only for a few minutes. If I had to guess, I think he gets 80% of his milk from my right breast.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Is it possible that you have a stronger letdown on the side that your LO struggles with? I always had issues with latch on my right and it wasn’t until DD was six months old that somebody pointed out that she could hear my baby struggling with the strong letdown! You could try starting LO on the preferred breast then sliding her over to the other side without changing her position (Eg cradle hold on the left, slide her over till she’s football hold on the right).

If you do end up feeding off only one side your supply should adjust providing you’re still nursing as frequently but definitely see an IBCLC to get some professional advice!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

awakemysoul:  With me, my production was always significantly less from my left side. I think DS just got wise to that and didn’t want the less full breast, so would refuse it. I never did supplement, but started solids earlier than I would have liked. I started at 4.5 months and DS has been such a good eater. He is much happier and more settled now that he’s not hungry. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I had a flatter nipple on one side and a nipple shield helped tons. i wish I had bought one sooner when my nipples looked like shredded cheese from breast feeding at first. 

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