Daily Health Tips: My Baby Prefers Nursing From One Side Only!


Q: Good evening ma’am, my baby doesn’t like taking my right side breast. Now one of my breasts is bigger. Can this cause me a problem in the future? And when is it good to take in after CS?

 

A: Hi dear, thanks for writing in.

 

There are several reasons why your baby may be ‘refusing’ the breast milk from one breast. They include:

Improper latching: If your baby is not latching on correctly to the second breast, then he/she is not getting enough breast milk. This may lead to a preference for the other breast. This may be due to differences with nipples or just positioning opf the baby.

 

Milk production tends to differ in both breasts and babies could prefer the the breast that produces the most or could very well like the side that produces less.

 

Ear infection could lead to baby preferring the breast that gives him the least discomfort with the infected ear.

 

Breast infection (mastitis) may also be a problem as breast milk from the infected breast would taste salty.

 

And it could just be that your baby feels more comfortable being nursed from the preferred side than the other. Other times, it’s actually the mother who has a preferred side she prefers to nurse from. I found myself in that position when I was breastfeeding J

 

What should you do?

 

  • If you observed this when baby was born, it may be worth your while to have baby be checked out by a paediatrician to rule out any birth injuries. If this started suddenly, after a period of being happy to nurse on both sides, then it could be due to any of the causes listed above. Try changing the factors you can eg the position of feeding, ensuring proper latching on, nursing in a quiet, darkened room etc. if these do not work, please take your baby in to see the doctor.

 

  • To deal with the lopsidedness that you have observed where one breast is bigger than the other, try the following:
  • Start up with the smaller breast when feeding baby. If he/she is hungry enough, he/she may not notice the difference. Try this also when baby is rousing from a nap/sleep

 

  • Nurse more frequently from the small breast

 

  • Pump the smaller breast in between feeds.

 

 

While working on the smaller breast, ensure that you don’t let the preferred breast become too backed up with breast milk as this could lead to blocked milk ducts and subsequently, mastitis. For tips on dealing with this, please click on this link https://chatwithdrketch.com/2016/08/12/daily-health-tips-re-visiting-lumps-in-the-breast-of-a-breastfeeding-mother/

 

Generally though, feeding from one breast becomes a major issue, if baby is not getting enough milk. Otherwise, it’s not necessarily a deal breaker. Where in doubt, please see your baby’s doctor.

 

The answer to your second question on conceiving after CS, can be found here https://chatwithdrketch.com/2015/06/12/daily-health-tips-when-is-the-best-time-to-have-a-baby-after-c-section-or-a-still-birth/

 

I hope this helps.

 

Have a good night, everyone 😀

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