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November 28th, 2012, 08:05 AM
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Since last week my left breast always feels engorged! After Jonah feeds it feels fine but then shortly after it's full..really full. I don't pump too often because I really don't need to unless I want a bottle for when we go out. I tried pumping to see if that relieved the engorgement from the left side and it did. Why does it not empty when Jonah nurses from that side?? The right side is just fine.
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November 28th, 2012, 08:21 AM
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Can you try changing the position in which you nurse? I find that Eleanor drains my breasts more effectively when I have her in the football hold.
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November 28th, 2012, 08:29 AM
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I will for sure try a different position. Also, when he nurses from my left side he is always unlatching...over and over and over. So a different position is what he may need!!!! Why didn't I think of that lol!
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November 28th, 2012, 07:02 PM
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Almost every mother has one breast that produces more than the other. If position change doesn't help the latch/unlatch problem, see if pumping just a tiny bit to get letdown BEFORE you nurse him on that side helps. Sometimes immediate gratification helps them stay latched.
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November 28th, 2012, 08:08 PM
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Interesting. I'm guessing you just produce more on that side, or he has an aversion to that side and isn't eating as much from it. Does he get hungry quicker after that side?
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November 29th, 2012, 08:23 AM
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I think the milk comes out too fast on that side. I notice I hear fast swallowing
..more like gulping. This side has been difficult from the beginning. He doesn't fuss or fight me. He just unlatches throughout the feeding. He doens't seem to get hungry faster..maybe because he feeds from both sides. It's just more uncomfortable for me as I fill up so darn fast on the left breast. Like I said, I'm good right after he nurses..but then maybe about 20-30 min after it's full again. This only started last week. Maybe the pumping beforewill help so he doesn't get the let down??
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November 29th, 2012, 08:33 AM
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Yeah i would try that! My right breast has super fast let down as well..
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