Offering both breasts!!

(17 Posts)
diamondsrforever Mon 23-Sep-13 17:04:00

Is it a must to offer both breasts at each feed??

AnneUulmelmahay Mon 23-Sep-13 17:06:55

Not a must, follow baby's cues. Sometimes third and then fourth are wanted smile

diamondsrforever Mon 23-Sep-13 19:02:45

I keep reading about supply not being kept if not using both breasts at each feed that's all had me slightly worried...

noblegiraffe Mon 23-Sep-13 19:04:31

DD so rarely took both breasts at a feed that I stopped bothering to offer. Supply is fine. With DS, if he had both he would throw it all back up so he only ever had one side at a time.

It does IME mean they want feeding more often though.

Sammie101 Mon 23-Sep-13 19:09:09

I only really offer both in a night feed when I want her to have a really full tummy and hopefully sleep a bit longer (she sleeps 2.5 hours regardless, but it's habit) and my supply is fine smile

diamondsrforever Mon 23-Sep-13 19:54:59

Ahhh fab thanks! He's 6weeks tomoz and 90% of time goes near enuf 3 hours in day and has jus started sleeping nearly 5 hours when we first go to bed shock he's piled on the weight so I'm pretty confident he's happy with what he's getting off one side, he tends to feed, wind, change, feed again off same side and then settle :-) just got worried I was doing wrong and would lose supply smile

FrussoHathor Mon 23-Sep-13 20:04:58

No. It's not a must. My dd1 used to feed from one side only per feed, and nothing could convince her to take the other one.
Dd2 took both sides
Ds started off taking both side and asking for more same as annes wanting 3rd and 4th. he's 4 months now and usually just has one during the day, and only takes more at night. when he alternates and gets greedy

diamondsrforever Mon 23-Sep-13 20:14:53

Thank u! He deffo has his moments and will cluster feed and certainly try for 3rd and 4th, if e wants more he has it. Pleased I'm not depriving him smile

FrussoHathor Mon 23-Sep-13 20:21:24

By 6 weeks I'm sure he can let you know if he wants more.

diamondsrforever Mon 23-Sep-13 22:04:50

Yes he can and does was jus checking I wasn't "suppose" to be doing this every time

FrussoHathor Mon 23-Sep-13 22:44:06

diamond you just have to listen to your baby. My 3 have all had different feeding habits. As l

FrussoHathor Mon 23-Sep-13 22:48:05

.. long as you feed him when he's hungry, it makes little difference if he has one breast or two. Sometimes he will sometimes he won't. And either way is just fine.

diamondsrforever Tue 24-Sep-13 07:35:23

Thank u smile jus wondering while I'm here if u have any advice on feeding while baby has a blocked nose,
He's really struggling to breathe/feed at same time.

noblegiraffe Tue 24-Sep-13 07:52:24

Either squirt some breastmilk up his nose to loosen it, then use a snot sucker to get it out, or you can buy saline drops to do the same job as the breast milk but it's a bit easier to aim. smile

MoneyMug Tue 24-Sep-13 07:58:13

Calpol do a saline nasal spray that you squirt up their nose. My 9 week old has a blocked nose at the moment too. He sounds like a little pig! grin

diamondsrforever Tue 24-Sep-13 08:51:48

Thanks thanks my lil man sounds like a piggy too, how will I no he's managing to give himself sufficient milk as at the minute n during the night it has seemed such a struggle for him sad

FrussoHathor Tue 24-Sep-13 09:02:52

He'll ask for more if he's hungry and refuse if not. I just keep offering until he tells me he doesn't want anymore.

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