Monday, March 15, 2010

One Side Preference In Breast Feeding

Infants, especially newborns, may have periods of preferring one breast to the other. You may notice your baby fussing, pulling away, or simply refusing to suck from one breast.

A newborn may struggle to latch on to one breast over the other because of breast engorgement, a difference in the nipple, or poor latch-on technique. An older baby may reject one breast because it has a low milk supply or flow compared to the other breast. You can end up with a low milk supply in one breast if your baby only nurses from one side each feeding and you sometimes forget to switch to the other breast for the next feeding or you frequently begin nursing on the same breast. This is why it's important to remember to alternate breasts at each feeding.

What you can do:

Try to gently and persistently encourage him to nurse at the less-preferred breast by always offering the shunned breast first, when he's hungriest.

Always feed from one side at a time for 20-30 minutes and next time from other breast (the milk which comes late after 10-15 minutes ie. Hind milk is full of fat, for that you need to feed longer).

May be you can take help of some lactation consultant or even your pediatrician.
These rashes doesn’t seem to have any association with milk.

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