rejecting left breast and seems hungry after feeding

Harmony - posted on 04/27/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 9 week old has been rejecting my left breast,..it doesn't produce as much as the right...I'm still pumping it to keep supply....but what else can I do...he also seems hungry after I feed him....he cries and pulls away from either breast like there's no more milk...I don't want to give formula....

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Harmony - posted on 04/28/2014

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Yes he is gaining weight...and peeing and pooping...I've given him bottles after breast feeding and he takes it...that's why I feel like maybe I don't have enough milk every time he eats..I did try different positions and that seems to help...but still not a lot of milk there...I didn't know just one breast could be enough...thanks

Lori - posted on 04/28/2014

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Generally, one breast CAN produce enough milk to completely feed a baby.

As far as breast rejection: Try offering that breast first at each feeding, generally a baby nurses more/stronger at first when they are hungrier and it may stimulate more production on that side. Also - try different positions on that side. Sometimes it's a comfort thing. Facing one direction is more comfy, so baby only wants to eat on that side. Trying football hold rather than cradle hold may help. Or use more pillows (or less) to just change the position up a bit.

Is your baby still gaining weight? Peeing and pooping enough? Meeting milestones? Crying after nursing isn't necessarily a sign of still being hungry. It can mean something else too. AND: does baby take the milk you've pumped out of a bottle? Do you feed it to baby shortly after pumping? If not, do you pump every time you do feed a bottle?

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