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My little girl is eight weeks old now, and I thought we had breast feeding more or less established. She is gaining weight well, latching well, and I've been enjoying it. I've been expressing if I get too engorged overnight.
However, over the last week or so, I've noticed that I'm getting very little milk from my right side when expressing, and it's not getting engorged. Also, DD generally needs to switch sides to fill up if I start feeding her on the right, but not if I start on the left.
I've been putting her to the right first for about four days now, but it doesn't seem to be responding by making more milk, and today I've been getting occasional stabbing pains on that side.
I just don't know what's happened or what to do, as I don't want to lose my supply.
Does any one have any experience of this, or advice for us?
Hi. I had this. My right side never produced as much and ended up 2 cup sizes smaller! I did find that it improved slightly if I fed right, right, left- it never fully caught up. My supply never completely stopped and I managed to continue feeding for 16 months mainly from my left breast. My breasts are now back to roughly equal sizes!
My only advice would be feed her starting on the right, and get her to thoroughly drain that side before switching, and allow longer than 4 days for it to catch up.
Are you right handed? I am and I found it easier and more comfortable to feed from my left side, and maybe the baby just feels more comfy and feeds more effectively and there is not much you can do about it!
My left was always DS' fave and it is bigger and produces more milk now. Bf counsellor says they will go back to normal size when I stop feeding.
To keep up your milk supply the best things you can do are:
- Always feed completely on demand - Offer often and before your baby is really hungry - Switch sides at every feed until baby won't take any more sides (sometimes baby will only want 2 and sometimes 4-5) - skin to skin is still nice at this age - DS still loves it now and he is 17 months - don't use dummies or bottles.
Doesn't sound to me as though you have any problems with your supply - you just need to keep up all that good work.