Chelsea - posted on 03/05/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )
My daughter favored the right side from birth but at 2 months old she outright refused to nurse on that side. She would not get into position and when even held on that side would scream and scream. I took her to her pediatrician to make sure she did not have an ear infection and was not in pain. The exam turned up nothing so I contacted my Lactation Consultant. She suggested many things and said that she may have been startled while nursing on that side one day or that she may be going through a partial nursing strike. Her suggestions were:
Nurse in the bath
Nursing lying down
Nurse in the football hold
Place her naked on by bare chest with her mouth above my right nipple so that she could find it on her own.
Praise her when she latches on
Nurse while walking and bouncing
Offer that brest first when she is just becoming hungry not when she's really upset and hungry.
She also informed me that I didn't need to pump that side because my left side would compensate. She also said she would be fully satisfied by just one breast.
After three months I was seeing a natural doctor for a second opinion on something unrelated and brought up the fact tha she was not nursing on the right side. He recomended that I go to a ciropractor in the practice that specialized in infants and children. I did so and she assured me that my daughter would not be recieving any sort of painful adjustment and she would only poke her. It turned out that she had tightening on her right side near her ribs which caused her pain when layed on that side. She now nurses on the right side after just 2 visits and only have one more visit until we're done. At the appointments she faces me and plays so that she isn't scared (she has seperation anxiety) and she never notices the poking it's so gental. This tightening can be caused by their position in utero or a long hard birth.
If this sounds like your infant please see a chiropractor it was the best move I made!