what will i do? my daughter dont like to be fed in my left breast?

XIXI - posted on 06/22/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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my baby is 3 months now and she is my first. i breastfed her. she likes to be feed in my right breast and she doesn't like my left breast. my left nipple is smaller compared to my right and she is having difficulty sucking it.. but i am worried she is not getting the right amount of milk she needed.. however, when she is sleeping at night i will let her suck on my left breast. how can i improve my left nipple so that my daughter will like it? i am having problem because, my right breast, i think will dried up.. and please give me some tips on how to increase breast milk production..

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Ella - posted on 06/27/2010

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have you tried different positions? Nipples 'face' different directions so she might need a foot ball hold, or side lying..

Lise - posted on 06/26/2010

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What position do you nurse in? Maybe that position is more comfortable on the other side (like if she has an ear infection)? My lo had some pain in her right side for a while, so I laid her on her left side and fed with both breasts with her on her left side.

Victoria - posted on 06/26/2010

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Maybe try looking into a nipple shield. Medela sells them. It helps them latch on. Also if she only eats on one side you can pump the other one and feed that to her if you are worried she isnt getting enough.

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Breast milk doesn't just dry up - as long as your daughter is having plenty of wet nappies and some pooey ones, she is getting enough milk.

Rachille, the best way to increase your supply is to breastfeed often. Offer both breasts. I was a breastfeeding counsellor for many years, and have seen many women with different-sized breasts and nipples. There were no particular problems, except sometimes the baby had difficulty latching on to the smaller or larger breast. You might find it useful to speak to a lactation consultant to help your baby to latch on the smaller breast.

But if she's happy just to feed from one breast, that's fine.

Lisa - posted on 06/23/2010

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Well you could try putting the baby in a different position. I have an inverted nipple and had to put her in the football hold until she got used to it and now nurses just fine.

XIXI - posted on 06/22/2010

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yeah, i have tried but every time i will introduce my left breast to her mouth she started to cry..

Francesca - posted on 06/22/2010

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Ha Ha..Sounds like my little monster. Its totally normal. Don't worry. My daughter is nearly 14 months and she only wants the right breast at night and the left breast during the day. I feel a little lopsided, but I got used to it.

In the begining I had a few problems and spoke to a lactation consultant and she told me its natural for babies to develope a preference. She said to keep offering alternating breasts at each feed but not to worry too much if they favour one over the other.

Rebecca Anne - posted on 06/22/2010

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Have u tried just expressing on that side...My lil girl loves her left side, but still drinks from the right....

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