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Is it normal/ok to only feed from one boob?

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Dogchewsonlimbsanpumpkins Wed 07-Oct-09 09:18:48

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Tambajam Wed 07-Oct-09 09:25:21

If you rarely feed from that side then it will have been receiving signals to make less milk so it's possible that it no longer produces much.

Lots of women only feed from one side for a variety of reasons e.g. breast surgery and manage fine. Your other side will increase production to meet your child's needs. It won't be harmful at all.

How old is your baby? If your baby was stil quite young it's probably worth having an effort to increase production on the reduced side. The easiest way would be to use pumping. e.g. pumping several times a day for 5-10 mins. Then once she is interested trying to get her back on there feeding again perhaps first before you offer the other one.

One downside to single sided feeding could be that you appear lop-sided as the unused breast changes in shape in comparison.

Dogchewsonlimbsanpumpkins Wed 07-Oct-09 09:37:58

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sockmonkey Wed 07-Oct-09 09:54:26

DS2 had a favourite side,(the more "gushy" one) and eventually gave up on the other side completely. He was older though, about 18 months.
I did end up lopsided, but he self weaned after a few months anyway, and things went back to normal.
Tambajam's idea sounds like a good plan.

Tambajam Wed 07-Oct-09 11:40:03

Sounds like it might be worth trying to increase production then. Get yourself a decent pump and don't wash and sterilize it inbetween sessions. You can just pop it in a ziploc bag in the fridge. Even when something worthwhile starts coming out you don't have to wash and sterilize constantly.

A quick dry wipe with kitchen towel after each session of the really drippy bits and a wash in hot soapy water once day is enough.
You may get better results if you sometimes manage to pump while she is feeding on the other side but if this is too much of a faff then just keep it regular. Better to do 5x5 minutes then mammoth long sessions which are more infrequent.

Once she is prepared to stay on that side use breast compressions to try and keep her on longer (breast compressions video available from Jack Newman site).

MOST people are a bit lopsided.

One other thing to consider is how you got to this position and how to prevent it happening again. I'm guessing it's her least favourite side? Latch OK?

Dogchewsonlimbsanpumpkins Wed 07-Oct-09 12:10:34

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