Breastfeeding

Amber - posted on 11/04/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My son won't latch on to my left side- he has no problem latching on to my right side. I have started pumping my left side and nursing on my right- it works fine and he is getting enough- Any suggestions as to how to get him to latch on my left?

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Shelby - posted on 11/07/2009

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Maybe if you express some milk and touch your nipple to his mouth (with the expressed milk still on) it'll get him to latch properly. I can only give advice, I have never had any problems with my son breast feeding.

Lyn - posted on 11/06/2009

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Offer the left breast first. Hold him in your lest arm with his head in the palm of your hand, kind of like a football with feet under your arm he may think he is getting the right breast. It worked for me, hope it works for you.

Lisa - posted on 11/05/2009

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babies will often have a breast that they prefer, just keep offering both breasts and he will eventually figure out that good stuff comes out of both sides. my daughter did not want my right breast - now that she's four months old she has no problem with either side. how old is your son?

Whitney - posted on 11/05/2009

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Same thing happened with my son. I played around with a different position on the left side... and eventually he got it. I used a nipple shield as well, helps them find it a little better. My son eventually didn't need the shield.

BethAnn - posted on 11/04/2009

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I had that problem for the first 3 weeks or so...lansinoh makes this bulb like sucker called "latch assist" it is sold in walmart in the nursing section. comes in a purple box and looks like a mini bike horn.
it sucks to nipple out and elongates it making it easier for the baby to latch. the best part is I can use it one handed and there isnt anything to plug in. it only costs about 6$ and is a worth your while investment.
now that i dont need it anymore, my toddler uses it as a bath toy :)

April - posted on 11/04/2009

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I had the same problem my son never liked my left. I just pump now. He is alot happier and he is almost 3 months.

Jessica - posted on 11/04/2009

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Amber, does he just turn away or will he latch on then latch off immediately?

Marcia - posted on 11/04/2009

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Amber, a nipple guard might help. It will pull your nipple out farther so it is easier for the baby to latch on to. Also have you tried nursing in different positions? Such has the football hold, or laying down? Sometimes a new position helps to. Although there is nothing wrong with what you are doing. I know several moms who had to do the exact same thing. Some babies are just picky.

Suset - posted on 11/04/2009

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Always start him on the left side, he may surprise you and latch on again. Babies can get particular about something like which side they want to latch onto, but then they'll suddenly revert to using both sides. Keep pumping to ensure you have a good milk supply, but if the right side is keeping him satisfied I wouldn't worry too much.

Laura - posted on 11/04/2009

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try lying down to nurse, then he can't tell the difference because the positioning is the same. Or you can try a hold that will allow him to latch on the same side as he would for the right, maybe football hold.

Amanda - posted on 11/04/2009

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Have you every tried a nipple guard? It is a clear rubbery thing that you put on your nipple. It helps the baby latch.. sometimes you can get him latched and eating then take it off and relatch easily. Or you can leave it on the entire time. The milk still goes through. It gives a larger area to latch on to, also pulls the nipple out more. Just a thought. I used one on one side when I first started because my son was a "lazy eater". I have a friend who still uses one.

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