my month old baby will only breast feed from one side has anyone else had this problem?

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Tricia - posted on 11/04/2010

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You can try using a different position, too. If baby only likes the right side, maybe it's because he's only comfortable lying on his left side. Try him in the football hold, lying on his left side to nurse on your left boob.

Carolyn - posted on 11/04/2010

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ahh ! yes ! my son will do this every now and again. one thing i discovered was that i let down faster on one side then the other.

lets say its the right side he refuses, i start him on the left through the first let down, and then switch him to the right so that i know he will get milk after a few short sucks. I let him empty that breast or nurse as long as he will tolerate, if i have to switch back i do.
now my son is a big eater and i know that he will empty one breast and almost the other so i personally dont worry to much about fore/hindmilk imbalance because for us, he is getting the same ratio as always. I try not to stwich more than 2 times., from left to right, then right to left. works out to the same as nursing a full breast then switching and nursing half .

just be careful and make sure your baby is getting hindemilk.

the other thing wonder is , is there something that could be causing discomfort on the side he refuses, such as ear ache/ infection etc.

its a pretty common ocurrence from what i have googled ;) just persevere! you can always try starting that breast while baby is sleeping/sleepy or just waking.

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C_o_2000dani - posted on 05/04/2011

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my son preferred one side over the other because of torticollis talk to a Lactation consultant and your pediatrician

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i had a similar problem when my lil girl was 12 days old i didnt have her on right and she ripped my nipple so i fed her more from one side and now she prefers that side so i dont make as much milk on the other

Michele - posted on 05/03/2011

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Absolutely! Keep offering the less preferred breast! It's a very common complaint for new breastfeeding moms. The trick is to trick them by offering it in a different position. I had the best luck by using the "down under" position. For this, baby is lying beside you on the bed upside down (baby's feet are in your face). Baby's eyes are looking at the underside of your breast. It worked like a charm. We did this only occasionally as it takes a helper. After a while, the baby nursed just as much on one side as the other. It didn't happen over night and I always noticed that the side she less preferred was not quite as full as the side she preferred. Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 05/02/2011

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My 10wker has just started refusing the second side when feeding, when I do manage to get her latched, she will feed for about a minute then pull away and grizzly, shortly after she brings it all back up from the second side. I spoke to my mum about it and she suggests feeding from both sides for 5-10 minutes only and not let her suck til she is ready to stop. Also do the rugby hold on her for the second side. Having looked on line at different mothers experiences, it can get rather confusing to know which one to try!

Sarah - posted on 11/04/2010

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A while back someone suggested nursing your baby on his favorite side while lying down so there's no position switching. Kind of tricks him into thinking he's on his favorite side.

Minnie - posted on 11/04/2010

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That sounds really frustrating. In addition to the information that Carolyn provided another thing that might be a factor is nerve or muscle pain from birth. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding suggests chiropractic therapy for infants who might have this problem.

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