Breastfeeding In One Side each and every Feeding

 

Breastfeeding! One side? Or Both Sides?

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Should I worry if my baby is only breastfeeding on one side?

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How can I get my baby to nurse on both sides rather than just one side?

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Single-Sided Breastfeeding | How to avoid Mastitis, Bad Latch & Reduce Breastmilk

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How can I get my baby to breastfeed for longer periods of time?

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Breastfeeding From One Side Only Reasons and What to Do

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I’m breastfeeding, and one breast is larger than the other. Why?

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Tips for Breastfeeding on Only One Side Alternate Your Starting Breast. If you can breastfeed from both breasts, alternate the breast you start each feeding Let Your Baby Feed As Long As They Want. When you breastfeed from only one side at each feeding, let your baby nurse for Prevent Breast. How to start breastfeeding from one side.

If you have decided to feed from one breast only, the milk production in your other breast will need to be stopped. Depending on the reasons why you are weaning from one breast, and the stage of breastfeeding you are at, this may be relatively easy and quick or may take some time. If one side has never made much milk, ceasing milk.

Offering both sides at each feed ensures that your baby will get more calories in one sitting. On the next feed, you can offer the second breast as the priority breast. Let your baby feed as long as he can and let him come off on his own or use breast compressions if necessary, and then offer the first breast again to give those extra calories.

Yes, your baby will get enough milk if you nurse only on one side only. This happens because as your baby starts to feed more from one breast, the milk supply in that breast increases. The increased milk supply satiates the baby. Producing an adequate milk supply when breastfeeding on one side only requires the same things as stimulating a milk supply in both breasts: putting baby to the breast early and often and ensuring that baby has a good latch.

The breast that is not stimulated will, over time, stop producing milk. Yes, one side is OK. When babies fully empty the breast they get hind milk which has the most calories, which also makes them less gassy. So it is actually preferred to have your baby completely empty one breast before offering another. Breastfeed on one side for each feeding.

Continue to offer that same breast for at least two hours until the next full feeding, gradually increasing the length of time per feeding. If the other breast feels unbearably full before you are ready to breastfeed on it, hand express for a few moments to relieve some of the pressure. It’s perfectly normal to nurse on one side per feeding. Both of my girls did this.

As for the engorgement, your supply will regulate out in time. If it is painfully engorged at any time or if it’s bothering you, maybe hand express just enough to make the discomfort go away. A few babies eventually develop a favorite side, preferring to nurse on that side and nursing rarely or not at all on the other. After breastfeeding is well established, this tendency is harmless.

Your breasts will adjust to produce different levels of milk according to the frequency with which each is nursed. Lopsided? Try to recreate the same position from the favourite side on the other breast.

For example if baby prefers the cross Pumping with a good breast pump can help to increase the milk supply on the least favourite side—when there is more milk.

List of related literature:

Be aware that if your baby is only “asking” to be fed every three to four hours instead of every two to three hours during the day and is only nursing on one side at each feeding, you may run into problems with decreasing milk supply and inadequate weight gain.

“The Portable Pediatrician: Everything You Need to Know About Your Child's Health” by Martha Sears, Peter Sears, William Sears, Robert W. Sears, James Sears, M.D.
from The Portable Pediatrician: Everything You Need to Know About Your Child’s Health
by Martha Sears, Peter Sears, et. al.
Little, Brown, 2011

This can happen if, like many mothers, you find breastfeeding on one side more comfortable and tend to favor that side.

“Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers” by Nancy Mohrbacher, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Jack Newman
from Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers
by Nancy Mohrbacher, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Jack Newman
New Harbinger Publications, 2010

Infants can be offered both breasts at each feeding but may be interested in feeding only on one side at a feeding during the early days.

“Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession” by Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, Robert M. Lawrence, MD
from Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession
by Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, Robert M. Lawrence, MD
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2015

In the meantime, nursing your baby on just one side at each feeding should make your breasts feel more comfortable.

“The Nursing Mother's Companion, 7th Edition, with New Illustrations: The Breastfeeding Book Mothers Trust, from Pregnancy Through Weaning” by Kathleen Huggins
from The Nursing Mother’s Companion, 7th Edition, with New Illustrations: The Breastfeeding Book Mothers Trust, from Pregnancy Through Weaning
by Kathleen Huggins
Harvard Common Press, 2017

In the traditional method of breastfeeding, you encourage your baby to suck as she wishes at one breast (usually around ten minutes) and to complete her feedings on the second breast, reversing the process on the next feeding.

“The Baby Book, Revised Edition: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two” by Martha Sears, James Sears, William Sears, Robert W. Sears
from The Baby Book, Revised Edition: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two
by Martha Sears, James Sears, et. al.
Little, Brown, 2013

You can feed your baby from both breasts on one side, or turn onto your other side to nurse from your second breast.

“American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Revised and Updated 4th Edition” by Roberta Larson Duyff
from American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Revised and Updated 4th Edition
by Roberta Larson Duyff
HMH Books, 2012

After breastfeeding is established, the mother should continue feeding on the first side as long as the infant nurses vigorously, then burp the baby, and then continue on the other breast.

“Pediatric Nursing: An Introductory Text” by Debra L. Price, Julie F. Gwin
from Pediatric Nursing: An Introductory Text
by Debra L. Price, Julie F. Gwin
Elsevier Saunders, 2008

Babies come with differing stomachs, sizes, activity levels, sleep needs, and levels of efficiency, and if your breasts didn’t happen to come with a lot of storage space (an issue not visible from the outside), it’s going to take more than nursing every two to three hours to keep your milk flow strong.

“The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: Completely Revised and Updated 8th Edition” by La Leche League International
from The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: Completely Revised and Updated 8th Edition
by La Leche League International
Random House Publishing Group, 2010

This coordination appears to be easier during breastfeeding than bottlefeeding: breastfeeding infants have more coordinated swallowing patterns and higher oxygen levels during feeding than bottle-fed infants.42,43

“Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies E-Book” by Mark B Landon, Henry L Galan, Eric R. M. Jauniaux, Deborah A Driscoll, Vincenzo Berghella, William A Grobman, Sarah J Kilpatrick, Alison G Cahill
from Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies E-Book
by Mark B Landon, Henry L Galan, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2020

Therefore, the mother should continue feeding on the first side as long as the infant nurses vigorously, before burping and continuing on the other breast.

“Maternal-Child Nursing E-Book” by Emily Slone McKinney, Susan R. James, Sharon Smith Murray, Kristine Nelson, Jean Ashwill
from Maternal-Child Nursing E-Book
by Emily Slone McKinney, Susan R. James, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

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  • is it natural that my left boob is still producing milk but my other boob is producing a watery sometimes light brown or sometimes clear discharge in my right boob?my son is now 3 yrs old but still breastfed, since he was still a baby he used to bf on my left side until now.my left side is bigger than the right. my right boob is sometimes painful.. should i worry?

  • Its still amaze me just how some people don’t know about Clegenatur Methods (do a search on google) despite the fact that a lot of people increase their breast size naturally using it. Thanks to my pal who told me about it. I have increase my breast size by two cups.

  • I’ve been exclusively pumping with a hospital grade pump. My right side always is 2 oz ahead of the left. It’s odd because I’m pumping because I was told he was tongue tied. He would latch so bad on my right and latch very well on the left. The left is still not making much compared to the right and I still feed him everyday directly. He’s doing well on both now I don’t even think he’s tongue tied. I guess I’m not exclusively pumping because I still latch him,but how my freezer looks I consider myself exclusively pumping. I was making filling six 6oz bags a day up,but the last few days it’s only been five bags. Sometimes I feel it’s hard to get five in. I wish my left which he favors would make a crazy amount like my right side. It’s really odd my left should be doing better because he Emptys that sued better then my pump.

  • I did as well! My boy just wouldn’t stay on the right side ever! At the time I thought it was really weird and combination fed as I didn’t know any better!

  • my baby take milk from both side during night but daytime he takes from right..and gets disturb when I offer my left side…from 5-6 days.he is 3 months old.
    i have no other problem,all ok

  • Hi I have a inducing vaginal delivery… my baby is pump and bottle feed… me produce left side more milk right side very little…. any solution for that please…. I am so sad because I don’t produce enough milk to my 7 weeks old baby….please help me with this….I am not comfortable feeding him a formula… Thanks

  • Absolutely love this. The amount of mixed info I got what just so counter productive and caused me so much grief! I had a tongue tie baby who didn’t latch properly for 4 months. I expressed:-/ love this vid. Thanks x

  • Mam iam so tendsed. becoz my one breast large and other said small and my baby feed only my large one..so my fear it is going to be cancer��������u know every tym i hve tntiin for about this…. pls mam if u understand my cmnt pls reply

  • I managed to single-sided feed my Daughter Jessica for a year. The amount of advice I got in the beginning about feed for this length of time, don’t pump/do pump, do this/don’t do this…in the end I just went with the flow and did what we found comfortable. She was fussing so much on my left side that it was very clear it wasn’t doing the job. So in the end my right side ended up doing all the feeds. I never had an issue with engorgement or anything, her weight was steady and now that it’s all done my breasts look exactly the same, there is no way of telling. I think, as you say, you must always do what you think is best, there’s a lot to be said about maternal instincts and as long as you are both happy and healthy and neither one is suffering-go for it. Xx