Post # 1
My baby is 1 week old, and I’m exclusively breastfeeding (no supplement with formula)
Once my milk came in and my breasts got engorged, I noticed that my baby seems to prefer my left side. He feeds harder and much better on that side.
So now….I have lop sided breasts, my left one is probably a full 2 cup sizes bigger than my right!
I’m trying to pump to make sure my milk stays in evenly, and I’m starting feedings on my smaller side (when he’s hungriest and likely to latch harder) but is anyone else experiencing this? And were you able to balance it out?
Post # 3
Since your breasts have different flow rates and engorgement, which is totally normal, it’s totally normal for babies to prefer one side over another. You have to be really careful that you don’t develop blocked ducts (which can turn into mastitis) so you should make sure you feel the breast carefully everyday for lumps and look at them for redness. There are lots of different techniques to get babies to feed on the breast that they don’t prefer – what worked for me was a quick switch once she got going, in the same position. Kellymom.com has tons of info on the one breast feeder, along with really useful info on how to treat blocked ducts if you have them. In my case, eventually she stopped preferring one over the other, but it took a couple weeks!