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Breastfeeding only once in the day - advice needed

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notsosure Tue 11-Jan-05 21:31:26

I am breastfeeding my 15 and a half month daughter only once in the evening.
She has a bottle of formula afterwards as well, so is only having a total of about 10 minute feed.

I have been alternating between each boob, but a friend who is only doing minimal feeds said she was just feeding off 1 boob.

What should I do to maintain my supply efficiently?
And the appearnce of my boobs?
I take it the lopsideness will go with time?

As you can see I'm considering just using one boob now!

Any advice out there, please?


moondog Tue 11-Jan-05 21:33:24

Why would you want to use just one boob? Surely that's asking for trouble in the topsy turvey department?!

hercules Tue 11-Jan-05 21:33:26

Hi, my daughter is 15 months and has nearly always just fed from one boob. It doesnt seem to have affected anything and I can still feed off the other side if need be.

hercules Tue 11-Jan-05 21:35:59

Completely off track so sorry but seeing as yoru baby is my dd's age can I ask a question? We are a little concerned about her lack of speech. DOes your dd have many words? Sorry to completely change topic.

hercules Tue 11-Jan-05 21:35:59

Completely off track so sorry but seeing as yoru baby is my dd's age can I ask a question? We are a little concerned about her lack of speech. DOes your dd have many words? Sorry to completely change topic.

motherinferior Tue 11-Jan-05 21:40:16

Herc, DD2 is older than yours and says pretty well bugger-all. But is very forceful

hercules Tue 11-Jan-05 21:52:21

Yes, dd is very forceful too. We always know what she wants. Thanks

Twiglett Tue 11-Jan-05 21:56:46

wouldn't worry hercules .. can she point to things that she wants / recognise them

there's a few speech threads around and I think the consensus was some babies just store it up then come out with lots of words at the same time

CelluliteQueen Tue 11-Jan-05 21:57:26

I fed off one boob for ages - only because DS preferred it. Yes, I was lobsided but when I stopped feeding they evened out.

Casmie Tue 11-Jan-05 21:59:01

herc - ds1 was 15 months before he said his first word. Didn't stop him saying a 7 word sentence shortly after his 2nd birthday! Trick now is getting him to shut up

lockets Tue 11-Jan-05 21:59:42

Message withdrawn

hercules Tue 11-Jan-05 22:01:09

Thankyou all and sorry to notsosure for the hijack. Yes, she understands well and points etc.

Tommy Tue 11-Jan-05 22:03:56

I breastfed DS2 from one side only towards the end of our year long feeding time together! Just in the evening, left side - no worries and no lop sides!

CelluliteQueen Tue 11-Jan-05 22:16:56

hercules, my DS is still talking gobbledegook at 17m. However he understand simple commands and communicates in his own way so I have chilled out a bit by the not talking thing.

notsosure Wed 12-Jan-05 21:23:45

Thanks for the advice.

As for talking, my little 1 month old does say the odd word when you're least expecting it (she's never a performing seal though and doesn't produce words on demand )

Tonight she said "good girl". I couldn't believe it!
She has repeated a negative word I had been saying to her though! She wouldn't lie down when I was trying to change her nappy yesterday and I kept telling her to stay down.
Now she says "stay" and seems to think it's funny.

Actually she is 16 months on Saturday. I am just getting used to that new number.

Any more thoughts on 1 sided breastfeeding appreciated.

Notsosure xx

notsosure Wed 12-Jan-05 21:29:28

Juat realised a typo error in my last message.
My daughter is 15 months, not 1 month old .
That would be a bloody miracle!!

mummylonglegs Wed 12-Jan-05 22:00:50

notsosure, why are you considering just one breast? I b/f dd at night only until she was 18 months. I used both sides but the one side more than the other as it was always first. Dd's 2.3 now and I'm no more lopsided than I was before I had her.

mears Wed 12-Jan-05 22:04:12

I wouldn't drop one boob now. By all means alternate but you could get lopsided of you just stick to oneonly.

kinderbob Wed 12-Jan-05 22:08:51

My ds had alternate boob for while at 15 months, now he can talk he has the first one and then smiles and say "fank oo. two sides peese". Think he is too lazy to wait for another let down on the side he's on!

hercules Thu 13-Jan-05 08:59:24

Thanks notsoure

Pamina3 Thu 13-Jan-05 09:02:11

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Hausfrau Thu 13-Jan-05 09:11:59

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notsosure Mon 17-Jan-05 17:04:59

Sorry not to have been here for a while.

The reason I was thinking of feeding off one boob is a bit complicated.

I only feed my daughter, (16 months now ) just before she goes to bed. She has a 7oz bottle of formula to follow. She has always been a hungry baby.

Anyway, because I only feed her for about 10 minutes in total, on both sides, I don't feel my breasts are being emptied completely doing it this way ie I swop sides when I think there may be milk left in the boob she was just feeding from.

So it's a fear that the boobs won't fill up completely, as they're not being emptied with such a short feed.

It is not practical for me to feed her longer as:
1/ hubby is making my tea as I feed her and I've always fed her for this length of time to fit in with this
2/ She would always need a bottle of formula to "see her through" the night. She sleeps from 7.30pm to about 7am.
What a star!

So that's the long, drawn-out explanation.

Thanks for listening....

notsosure xxx

notsosure Mon 17-Jan-05 17:07:10

Sorry to be thick, but what does ds mean?


aloha Mon 17-Jan-05 17:13:00

ds is dear son. Breasts are never 'empty'!

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