My baby won't nurse on the right side. Any advice.

Natasha - posted on 10/11/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My baby is 4 days old and won't take the right breast. I've tried different holds and offer the right side first every time. I'm not sure what else to do. Any advice?

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Teresa - posted on 06/11/2013

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I'm having the same problem my baby prefers the right breast...

Hannah - posted on 10/22/2009

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With me, my daughter wouldn't take the left side, but this didn't happen until she was a few weeks old.

In the end I gave up trying different holds etc and just accepted it was her prefernce.

I can only tell you what I did in my situation and hope it helps you - (I got all my advice from other mums on this site when it happened to me by the way, they were great!)



- I always offered the side she was refusing first to get her to take it as much as possible. She will take it most of the time now, so wa partly a 'phase'



- I kept up expressing the side she wouldn't take to keep my supply up and my boobs the same size!



- Express some milk from that side first before offering it to your baby. I am almost certain that in my case, my let down in that breast is faster and she couldn't handle it, and when she does take it now she always has a big burp afterwards from having to drink too quickly!



But don't worry about it, I have heard from lots of mums on here who have successfully fed their babies on one breast, and as she gets older, if you keep trying, she will probably start taking it again.



Good Luck, and congrats on your little 4 day old baby!

Jen - posted on 10/12/2009

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I had the same issue with my daughter who is now 10 weeks old. I tried pumping to relieve engorgement and maintain my milk supply on the side that she wouldn't latch on. After watching her lay in her bassinet for several days, I realized that she would only look to a certain side. I brought her to the chiropractor a few times, and her feeding troubles were solved.

Alicia - posted on 10/12/2009

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I had the same problem too! I think I was just more comfortable nursing on the left side and the baby could tell when I tried to nurse on the right bc I would get stressed out and was completely uncomfortable. Try the football hold while using a bobby pillow. That helped me and I had to keep reminding myself that if I felt uncomfortable the baby would sense that so try to do your very best to find a comfortable position on your right side. You might even try to lay down and feed her in bed until she starts taking the right side better for you. Best of luck!!

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Luciane - posted on 10/18/2009

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Is he or she just not latching because you can use a nipple shield, or just pump on that side. Just keep trying, the baby is still very young, give time.

Aliya - posted on 10/12/2009

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Could be a few things aside from an overly full breast or an out of alignment baby:

Right breast...
*could have less outlets for milk so less comes out, OR opoosite, could be more outlets and so too much comes out too fast... watch the spray as you use your pump!
*could have bitter tasting milk... if your body things you are starting to wean, even on just one side, the milk can take on a bitter taste... taste your milk in each breast to see if both are sweet/normal.

Goodluck!

Kelby - posted on 10/12/2009

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My son favored the right breast over the left at first. I would say just keep trying. Offer the breast your baby doesn't like when your baby is sleepy (first thing in the morning, middle of the night etc.). Chances are they will grow out of it quickly. You may want to pump that side when it isn't being used so you don't lose your supply on that side. Good luck!

Natalie - posted on 10/12/2009

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I agree...a lactation consultant and a nipple shield. I had the same problem, I thought it was because I was left handed and I was more comfortable holding in the left? I'm not sure...but dont give up keep trying and she will get it!! GOOD LUCK!!!

Tori - posted on 10/12/2009

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It is possible that your breast is too full. Definitely pump so you don't get an infection! Plus, you have the bonus of some saved milk. :O) My middle son did this. It helped to "trick" him by holding him in a "football" hold so that he felt like he was nursing the same direction. It is a tricky hold, so you might want to look it up and get a visual on how to do it. Anyhow, for him it was the position he objected to when switched, not the breast itself. After he was a little bigger he was fine on both sides. Hang in there!

Danielle - posted on 10/11/2009

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oh if your baby still wont eat on that side make sure you try to pump or express so you don't get mastitis

Danielle - posted on 10/11/2009

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i had that problem to and it was that one side was too full she couldn't get a good latch, once i pumped a bit and squished my nipple into a good position she was able to latch and get a really good feed

Chelseaszidik - posted on 10/11/2009

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I second the post suggesting seeing a chiropractor. My daughter wouldn't take the right side for three months and when I took her to the chiropractor they did a series of adjustments and she has been great every since. They do not to adjustments on infants like they do on adults. They basically just poked her and it was completely painless. I was very spectacle at first and asked a lot of questions. I found out that it really is safe and effective.

Melissa - posted on 10/11/2009

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Pleas hold off on the CHIRO....LOL...I think I agree with the post about the breast being a little overfull for the proper latch. When my lil one was born she has no desire to feed for the first day or so and then I was overfull. I expressed milk and BAM she has been great every since. Still if she sleeps a little long I need to help her on the super full breast. It is a learning experience for sure but worth the time and trials to get it right. Good luck!

Kiehrstin - posted on 10/11/2009

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some babies need to see a Chiropractor! if she is out of alignment she will fuss bc its uncomfortable in that position alot of my friends take thier babies regulary! Hope it gets better soon!

Karen - posted on 10/11/2009

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I had the same thing. At every feed i'd offer her the right side first she'd cry a bit and sometimes take it for a short while. I tried squeezing some milk out first so she could taste it and different angles and allsorts. Eventually she got used to it and now she'll eat on either side. Oh and while she wasn't eating off it I pumped on that side to keep the milk flowing.

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I had a similar experience. My son also would only feed from one side, and was a bit of a lazy eater as well. I ended up using a nipple shield to get him feeding on the right, since my nipple was kind of flat. It took some time to get him to take it, and then it took a few more weeks to wean him back off of the shield again, to watch without it. The "football" hold and also feeding while lying down worked best for us when I was struggling at first. A nursing pillow helped, and I also needed to get his latch right - baby's mouth should be open wide for him to latch properly. Does your hospital have LC's available? You may need to express a bit to get the milk flowing on that side so he'll take it. Just keep offering!

Jennifer - posted on 10/11/2009

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Be patient, you both are getting to know each other. Keep trying, I have found that laying down to feed is a lot easier and try taking everything off except the diaper and be skin to skin with you baby. It does help!

Jenn - posted on 10/11/2009

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It may be too full! I had the same problem with my little girl @ about the same age. I finally expressed or pumped a little off the right and she was then able to latch on. Try it and let me know if it helps.

Jennifer - posted on 10/11/2009

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I would visit a lactation consultant to see if something is wrong. You may have a slightly flat or inverted nipple. The LC should be able to help you with positioning and may even suggest a nipple shield or shell to "straighten" it out. Your hospital may provide these services or you can always contact your local La Leche League. Hope this helps!

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