Please help! Baby refusing one side?

M - posted on 08/28/2012 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi! I've been breastfeeding my baby girl since she was born (June 20). Everything was going well until 2 weeks ago--or so. From the beginning my left side has always made more milk, but both sides produced milk and my baby had no problem drinking from either sides. I was always making sure that, even tough my left side is "the master boob", she was drinking equally from my breasts. :)



Now she just won't drink from my right side, and it's pretty much back to its regular size?! I don't think it produces milk anymore...well maybe a little and that's it. But she drinks enough from the left side, and she is healthy.



I eat really well, drink lots of water. I also try different positions with her, and always stay calm. She just doesn't want it! :( Now my breasts look funny...one big and one small.



I am taking Micronor...



What should I do? Breastfeeding is so important to me! Thanks!

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Laura - posted on 08/30/2012

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My daughter showed a favorite side early on. I ended up feeding her off my right breast for almost three years. Granted after a year she only nursed at naptime and bedtime and sometimes if she woke up during the night. But I am a firm believer in child led weaning and we did just beautifully with one sided nursing. After a while, you don't get engorged any more and your body adjusts. My chest is pretty symetrical all things considered so don't let anyone tell you that one side will get huge and the other won't. You should look to a local LeLeche meeting for support. They were great at easing my concerns about it.

Chelsey - posted on 08/30/2012

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I would check to make sure she doesn't have an ear infection; they don't like to lay on one side if there is an ear infection :( When I first started breast feeding I guess I favored one side not even realizing it and my boobs became way lop-sided! Everyone said oh... You were probably always bigger on one side and just never noticed it.... yeah right... I was determined to change my fate! I pumped like crazy on lefty, at first it was brutal, but then, supply and demand took over and it started getting bigger eventually got the same size as righty ;)

Sally - posted on 08/30/2012

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Most babies have a preference. My girls both liked the slower boob when they were tiny because the fast one choked them, but when they got a bit bigger, they liked the faster boob when they were hungry and the slow one when they wanted to comfort nurse. Some babies take preferences to extremes, but they can usually be brought around if you want to work at it.

If the size difference doesn't bother you, one breast will make plenty of milk for a baby and you can just relax and do your thing. If people are staring and that bothers you, just throw a little padding in the other side of your bra before you go out.

If the size difference does bother you, keep offering the "unwanted" breast first. If she's hungry enough she may take it just to get something now. Her preference may change later as well. You can also pump that breast while or after she nurses to keep it going (and to give yourself a little extra milk in the freezer for emergencies or date night).

Good luck

Lori - posted on 08/28/2012

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You should be able to feed her completely off of just one side. Women with twins can make enough for two... so you can make enough for one even if she only nurses on one side. It works as supply and demand. As milk is removed from the breast, your body is signaled to make more milk. If none is removed, your body slows down production, and ultimately stops. And yes your breasts work independently. If one breast is preferred, and baby nurses more on that side.. that side will make more.



I know you feel lopsided, but chances are you notice that much more than anyone else does. I felt lopsided the first several months of breastfeeding too... but it alternated. Since I only fed my baby off one side at a time, one side would be larger, and the next time the next side would be larger. With you only feeding off of one side the difference will be greater... but again, probably much more noticeable to you.



Micronor shouldn't be affecting your milk supply or your ability to breastfeed. It doesn't contain estrogen which can decrease milk supplies.



So as far as what should you do? Continue to breastfeed your baby. Use only the left side if that's what's working for you. It's perfectly OK to do that.

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M - posted on 09/03/2012

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Really? That's interesting? What did your chiro say about your baby not wanting one side? I'm curious! :)

Kristine - posted on 09/02/2012

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my husband and i visit the chiropractor freqently and we were shocked when he suggested we bring our new born in for a check a week after birth. I was struggling from day one breast feeding on the right, ever since she saw the chiro and was reajusted i have had no problems with her latxhing on. this worked foe us may not be the same with your baby but something to look into.

M - posted on 08/30/2012

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Thanks! I'll call my LeLeche meeting in a couple days to see what they say too. :) Good idea!

M - posted on 08/30/2012

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Thanks girls, I really appreciate your comments and advice! She started drinking from the unpopular side again, and it's encouraging. I'm taking it one day at a time, I don;t care if my bobs aren't the same size, no one besides my hubby sees them lol and we both think it's funny. :)

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