Nursing on one side

Liz - posted on 04/04/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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Does anyone just nurse on one side? My daughter only wants to nurse on one side. If I put her on the other side she just cries. I am about to give up trying to force her to nurse on the other side. I am really lop sided, but that is okay. I am assuming I can produce enough milk on one side to feed her (If I had twins they would only nurse on one side...) My daughter is 6 months old, she is a little small for her age, but is gaining weight. Any advice?

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Amy - posted on 11/30/2013

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That happened to me lol she loved her righty. I dont know if you babes falls asleep while nursing but as she is nodding of try switching her she will be so tired she wont know whats goin on and hopefully continue as normal. Do you think she has an ear infection and does not like layin on that one side due to pain. Keep up the excellent work mama

Forgot to add if she does fall alseep nursing watch out for her teeth my daughter is two now and breastfed for 15 months and had to have 4 caps and i crown put on her teeth because she fell asleep while nursing if she does try cleaning her teeth after it.

Jena - posted on 11/28/2013

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I thought Im the only one who is lopsided.but does it go normal after stopping breastfed?

Tawnee - posted on 04/20/2009

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I successfully breastfeed on only one side my other breast was damaged from my first daughter and i had no choice, however i have recently stopped feeding her and have noticed that the breast i feed her from is noticably bigger but i seems to be returning to normal, so would also suggest pumping the otherone to avoid this. But as far as your babies health goes ladies feed twins so it should be fine :)

Chelseaszidik - posted on 04/07/2009

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SOLUTION FOR ONLY NURSING ON ONE SIDE 


 














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!


 

Candace - posted on 04/05/2009

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THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH MY SON. HES 3 MONTHS OLD NOW, AND ABOUT A MONTH AGO HE STARTED CRYING AND WIGGLING WHEN I WOULD PUT HIM ON THE RIGHT. I CALLED THE LACTATION CONSULTANT AND SHE TOLD ME TO NURSE ON THE LEFT AS USUAL AND THEN HOLD HIM IN THE FOOTBALL POSITION FOR THE RIGHT. IT TRICKS THEM INTO THINKING THEYRE STILL ON THE SAME SIDE THAT THEY PREFER. AFTER ABOUT 3 WEEKS OF THE FOOTBALL HOLD, HE ALL OF A SUDDEN ALLOWED ME TO TURN HIM AROUND, AND HOLD HIM NORMALLY ON THE RIGHT BREAST. IF HE GETS FUSSY, I DO THE FOOTBALL HOLD AGAIN. HOPE THIS HELPS. I KNOW HOW FRUSTRATING THE LOPSIDEDNESS AND SORENESS CAN BE FROM FEEDING ON ONE SIDE.

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Vanessa - posted on 04/19/2009

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it is definatley possiable to breastfeed from one breast only as our breast work independently from each other.

you will still produce enough milk from the one breast you feed off and over time the non-feeding breast will dry up (maybe never completley until full weaning).

if the non feeding breast is not stimulated, it won't produce milk, although you may have to hand express a little off at first when drecreasing the supply on the non-feeding breast (simply for your own comfort).

the more your bub takes from her favourite breast the more it will make. therefore you don't have to worry about forcing the non favourite breast if it is an issue.

good luck......keep going one boob will be fine.

Shannon - posted on 04/19/2009

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get a nipple shield. my son did the only samething and they told me a nipple shield and now he nurses on both sides

Tiffany - posted on 04/17/2009

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my daughter is almost 13months and she only and still only takes from my left side so now my breast are really lop sided one is a D while the other is a small B. I am upset about this since its almost summer> One breast def. producing enough milk for my daughter

Erinn - posted on 04/17/2009

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Both of my kids are the same way. When my son was a baby (he's a healthy happy 3 year old now!) he would only eat on the left side, whenever I tried to feed him on the right side, he'd be the same way as your baby, just scream and cry like he was in pain, I eventually got soo exhausted i'd just feed him on the left side. Now, my daughters the same way, favors the left side so i've been doing the same thing with her. I try every once in awhile to get her to take the right side, if even for a minute or so.... looks kinda goofy when the left side fills up and there's nothing on the right side!! But like I said, my son has turned into a very healthy happy toddler, so I wouldn't worry too much about it! Good luck :)

Liz - posted on 04/07/2009

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Jenn I hope so too! :0) If not I guess it's nothing a good bra and some padding won't solve! I think my left side is 2 more cups sizes!

Jennifer - posted on 04/07/2009

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that happened with my daughter as well.. only problem.. one boob is always larger than the other now.. i need to pad my right one to look normal.. i gave up pumping the other after a few months... hope it evens out when it is all over. jenn

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My son like one side better and usually i would give him that side first and then switch. Try relaxing more when she is on the other side sometimes like I am right handed and hold a baby in my left arm which was my sons fav side it was aquard to nurse him on the right as I wasent used to holding a baby on that side.

Emily - posted on 04/06/2009

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My son is a year and I'm still breastfeeding him (although we have introduced whole milk - he's not a huge fan). Beginning around 8 months, he began to prefer one side over the other. And I just pumped the other side to keep up my milk supply. One thing that I try to do is make him change positions so that he is focusing on objects, etc. with both eyes so as to strengthen them. This was the only thing that my pediatrician suggested to me.

Chelseaszidik - posted on 04/06/2009

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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!





Tiffany - posted on 04/06/2009

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You could try pumping on the side she doesn't nurse on to build the supply back up on that side and once you do then maybe she will want to nurse on it. Right now she probably gets very little from the smaller side which is why she cries. If you spend a few days pumping overtime on just that side it should bounce right back. Also try nursing her on the smaller side when she is not too hungry and maybe a little sleepy, she will be more likely to accept it then if she is looking for a good full meal.

Celeste - posted on 04/06/2009

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My girl is a one side baby.. I pump the other side for bottles 4 daddy... that way he can share in the bonding that you get from feeding!!

Lauren - posted on 04/05/2009

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I only nurse on one side per feeding.  I have always done it like that - alternating each feeding. 

Tracy - posted on 04/05/2009

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My daughter was (& my son is now) the same way kind of. She only nursed off of one side at each feeding. If they nursed off of both breasts they would spit it all up. They only nurse off of both sides at night before bed and in the morning when they get up. Try giving her the side she doesn't like at night. Well, wait, does she wake in the middle of the night to nurse at all? Or try getting a nipple shield and try that on the breast she doens't take. I don't know if that would work, just a suggestion.

Lauren - posted on 04/05/2009

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both mine had a preference to 1 side until about 4 months then it got worse. my 1st ended up feeding off 1 side, i have persisted with the 2nd, i put her on the side she doesnt like 1st in a football hold, it took a few weeks, but now she nowhere near as fussy on it, and i can craddle hold her. but dont force it or it will make it worse.

Dahlia - posted on 04/05/2009

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Some babies prefer lying on one side over the other.  My baby is starting to have a flat spot on the side of his head becaues he really likes his right side.  You could always try different positions such as if she likes the cradle hold to nurse on your left side you could try the football hold to nurse on the right side.  Perhaps she is just more comfortable lying on her prefferred side.

Corey - posted on 04/05/2009

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My 11-month-old only nurses on one side. I have scar tissue on my right side, so it only produces a marginal amount of milk. When she was an infant she nursed on both, but because of her preference for my more ample side, and her age, my gimpy side just produces drops now. She is happy and healthy! No problems at all. My LLL leader told me that she once had a mama with twins that both only nursed on one side and thrived. No worries!

Melanie - posted on 04/05/2009

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Mine only feeds on one side at a time (alternates the side every feeding). She is also small for her age. I tried to be more forceful but that led to a nursig strike so don't stress, just go with the flow :)

Emma - posted on 04/05/2009

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my daughter had a prefered side but never refused 1 side compleatly.



it is possible to feed her only on 1 side your body will adapt to meet your babys needs

Erika - posted on 04/05/2009

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My son is only 3 months old and he has a preference too. If he is REALLY hungry or feeding for comfort he will take the "off" side. At first I tried to force him but it only frustrates him and I. So, I pump that side. No sense in turning feeding time into a fight!

Marika - posted on 04/04/2009

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When my daughter was 9 months old she started breastfeeding only on one side and I stopped producing milk on the side that she wasn't breastfeeding but had good milk supply from the side she was latching on. But she was older than your baby and she was breastfeeding only 2-3 times a day at that point. If you have enough milk supply with only one side, I don`t see why it would be a problem. Anyways most babies only breastfeed on one side per feed.

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My friend's almost 2 year old son will only nurse on one side.  She said in the beginning she was able to occasionally get him to take the other side, but hasn't for a long time.  She is lopsided, but I never noticed until she told me about it a couple of weeks ago.

Sarah - posted on 04/04/2009

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I have only nursed my daughter on one side since she was about 5 mos old.  I have seen many doctors on this issue and no one knew why- but we are both healthy and happy- I just hate bathing suit season! ;-)  If she just ends up nursing one side she will be just fine...but I would meet with a lactation consultant to see you can fix the problem at all!

Lee - posted on 04/04/2009

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my daughter is the same way sometimes i find i feed her on the side she likes best first then i offer the second side she will take the other side when shes sleepy you can also try to pump the side she wont take and give it to her in a bottle that way you will feel more confortable good luck mommy

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