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Please help - baby will only feed on one side!

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gettingbettereveryday Sun 21-Oct-12 13:12:30

Hi all - having gone through the mill trying to establish breastfeeding with baby 1 I am now apparently doing the same for baby 2 who is 6 days old today!
Like her sister she was born with a tongue tie which was picked up much sooner this time and snipped on Thursday.
We are gradually trying to get going with feeding now the tie has gone and the pain is not (touch wood) as bad as last time BUT my latest problem is that the baby (very windy and upset before a lot of feeds) will only go on the right breast - RELATIVELY happily - she screams her head off if I try to get her on the left, even if I try to sneakily use the rugby hold.
Got a good mw who has said use Infacol and up to a point just to put her on whichever side she'll drink from, but obviously this is not very sustainable...any tips on getting babies to lose a hatred for one side? Do I just need to persevere?
Any advice gratefully received, thanks!

crazy88 Sun 21-Oct-12 14:04:55

You can feed fine from just one side (think of twins!). I could only get a letdown on one side (long story) so I ended up feeding from right side only although sometimes would finish him off on the left. Perhaps the flow is better on your right? You could start her off on your right and then switch?

gettingbettereveryday Sun 21-Oct-12 16:05:22

Thanks, that's how I feel at the moment, like there's no letdown on the left and it's frustrating her!
I will keep persevering...Another thought I had was that she might not like lying on her right side, but then if she's resisting the rugby hold too maybe it's just my left breast she's got issues with!

mawbroon Sun 21-Oct-12 22:10:02

Tongue tie can cause tension in jaw/neck and make feeding in certain positions uncomfortabe for the baby.

It would be a good idea to get some bodywork (eg cranial osteopathy) done to help release the tensions. You would need to find a bodyworker who is experienced in working with babies post tongue tie release.

Also, there is a really good tongue tie support group on facebook where you can get loads of good tips.

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