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BF & left side gone and I'm losing weight quite quickly and other stuff

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nicetomeetyou Mon 27-Jul-09 15:10:40


I have an 11w old and a 17 mo and I have managed to BF this time quite well. The left breast has dried up - it wasn't too good on that side last time - even expressing was always poor whereas right side goes well. Will I have problems as baby gets bigger and wants more food if I am just using one side?
Also I have lost weight quite quickly - almost back to prepregnancy weight of about 56kg - just not getting the chance to eat, drink and rest enough - has anyone found their milk dried up as they lost weight - I know lots of women throughout the world Bf on an inadequate diet.

I am finding baby is feeding for 2hrs and more solid in the evening (but then going through from 10pm to 4 or 5am) so should not complain but I would like by 5-6 months for her to be on a bottle - I am struggling to find time/energy to express but don't want her to refuse a bottle by then (have tried with a bottle a couple of times and she evently took with some reluctance the EBM).

thanks for any thoughts

nicetomeetyou Mon 27-Jul-09 16:17:55


pillsthrillsandbellyaches Mon 27-Jul-09 20:22:06

hi there,
there is a really good helpline i have used and got excellent advice from.

0844 20 909 20.

you go through to someone local who is qualified.

i also only use one side now and dont have any problems really. (but my baby is much older) except that i can have one really big boob and one small one!

but i find if i squeeze my nipple there is still milk in the small one, so are you sure its "dried up"?

good luck. try the helpline.

thisisyesterday Mon 27-Jul-09 20:27:22

what makes you think that the left breast has dried up?
it's quite unlikely that would happen, and expressing is really no sign of how much milk you are making

i think it would be worthwhile either calling one of the helplines or seeing if there is a baby cafe ( in your area that could offer help

Bramshott Tue 28-Jul-09 11:49:47

I'm not an expert, but I think it's quite possible to feed from one side only - given that it's quite possible to feed twins or triplets! However, as others have said - what is it that's making you think it's dried up completely?

BF can make you lose weight fairly fast - when I was feeding DD2 I weighed 7.5 stone (which is less than 50kg I think), which is the lightest I have ever been, and was still making loads of milk.

GirlsAreLoud Tue 28-Jul-09 11:52:34

My left side was rubbish too and I eventually gave up on it and just fed from the other side for the rest of the time I fed.

I'm sure I read on here that in some countries (maybe Japan?) they only feed on one side, something to do with clothing I think.

notcitrus Tue 28-Jul-09 12:04:51

I finally stopped with the left at 8 months after no end of problems with it (thrush, blood blisters, less happy baby, and loads of leakage), and 3 months later still feeding 4x day on the right, really well. And both breasts are the same size.

Losing preg weight not really a problem - maybe just drinking more water would help? I keep a bottle or pint glass in most rooms so I can have a drink when I pass.

Following friends' advice, I offered a bottle a couple times a week from 8 weeks to keep ds used to it, and when I was ill - usually ebm but sometimes a formula carton when I hadn't expressed enough. At 6 months he'd been 98% breast-milk-fed.

Sounds like you're doing just fine!

nicetomeetyou Tue 28-Jul-09 13:05:14


Thank you. I am just struggling at the minute. I am quite tired even though baby is sleeping most nights 10-3 or 10-4 and I have had a couple of 'shaky' spells where I have really felt I needed food. The left side is a bit painful and the milk just doesn't come out well and as baby has fed so well from the right side it has withered with lack of use.

I am trying to decide whether I should supplement with formula and get to the point when she is 5-6 months where she is completely on formula. With 2 very small children I feel I need to balance sitting and feeding for what seems like ages some days and for 2-3 hrs each evening and being drained and trying to keep 17mo amused. I am struggling to get the energy & time to express what with the faff of then resterlising the pump etc.

Bramshott Tue 28-Jul-09 14:01:05

Have you got some fruitcake? IME it is much easier to bf with regular helpings of fruitcake!

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