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My left boob produces a lot less milk than my right. My right breast leaks more, gets noticeably engorged, and pumps more. Any tips to increase my supply on the left side? I usually start him off on the left side, I am going to start him on the right for a while to see if that helps.
Also, if I give him a bottle of breast milk, should it be room temperature? If he doesn't finish it all, should I leave the remainder out for later, stick it in the fridge, or toss it? I've been freezing 3-3.5 ounces, sound about right for one feeding? That's two times worth of pumping for me.
He's getting a bottle for the first time tomorrow while I get a haircut, so I want to make sure I've got it right. Super excited for my first haircut in 5 months, btw.
If you always start out with a certain side it will get lopsided pretty quickly. You should alternate. You can try always starting on the other side or pumping the other side in between feedings to stimulate more milk production (or both). It can be normal to be a little lopsided, but I would try to avoid anything drastic.
The temp of the milk is baby preference, but I would make sure all the fat is melted in. When I was using a bottle for dd I would leave it out if she didn't finish it (if it had been previously refrigerated) and throw it out if she didn't finish it within a couple of hours. Don't ever re-refrigerate or freeze milk. I'd probably still be feeding two ounces at this point. Dd topped out at 4.5 to 5 oz per feeding when EBFing (started solids at 6 months). It is hard to find bm recommendations for bottle feeding, but it is significantly less than formula, so don't go off of formula guidelines. The info is out there, though, if you look. I don't remember all the recommendations, but if I remember correctly I did about an ounce per month old. She had always been big for her age and was typically so big she was off of the growth charts.
Holland has been eating a ton lately. She nurses than an hour later will drink another three oz in a bottle...
So what your freezing sounds fine. I do freeze some smaller amounts sometimes incase she wants a little more, that way I'm not wasting. I heat the milk to a little warmer than room temp...I mean it comes out of us warm so I try to to just give it a little heat. Nothing major by any means. But once she is done I let it sit for an hour or two and see if she wants more, but I don't heat it back up and I don't save it. I don't know if re heating it more than once is bad but I don't take the chance...
And I'm jealous of your hair cut...I haven't had a cut or color since about 19 weeks...