FAQ: My baby nurses only from one side, what can I do?
Breast preference is a normal and not so uncommon phenomenon that babies show. Similarly, a mother might notice that one of her breasts is making more milk than the other. This is common too. Just how there are differences in our two hands, legs, eyes; there is quite a plausible difference between the two breasts too. In size as well as in their milk-making/storing capacity and the let-down reflex. This asymmetry is common among humans which can sometimes be barely noticeable, whereas sometimes can be evident.
Causes of Breast Preference :
Babies reject one of the breasts due to a variety of reasons.
Causes of Evident Supply difference in two breasts (Lopsided) :
Little supply differences in two breasts are very common and normal. However, evident differences in supply may be due to one or more of the following reasons.
Other reasons why a mother chooses to nurse from one side :
How to help and assist the baby to nurse from the less preferred side?
There are certain techniques that may help in persuading the baby to latch on and nurse from the less preferred side. Some of them are listed below.
11. If nothing works, offering expressed breast milk (EBM) from the rejected side remains an option.
Nursing from only one side :
If all attempts of nursing evenly from both the breasts persistently fail, or if a mother decides to nurse only from one breast due to some problem or any other reason; she can definitely do so and still meet her baby’s needs, if the baby is nursed on demand. However, it is important to check that the baby is getting enough.
If the mother is not even expressing milk from the rejected side, the milk supply diminishes. This could make her look lopsided. The breast which is making milk can look much larger than the one from which the baby has been weaned. In most cases, others cannot really see the difference. But if the mother is feeling conscious, she can use breast pads on the smaller breast to even out the size. Once the baby has completely weaned, breasts go back to their original (more equal) sizes.
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