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When I nurse Micah on my left side after about 10 minutes he pulls of crying like their isn't any milk left and he's still hungry so I'll put him on my right and he'll finish nursing on that side and fall asleep. Am I having a supply issue on my left side, what can I do to boost it. Micah is only a little over 2 weeks and I plan on nursing him for a long time so I don't want any supply issues!
Was he doing this before, is this new? if so, it could be a growth spurt. Even now, after months of nursing from one side per session, there are days when Kate wants both. You can try using compression on the first side to help him get milk out more easily. I tend to have an oversupply so Kate got used to a fast flow.... and when she mostly drains one side she gets really mad that the flow is so slow. Is it only on your left side? What about when you start on your right? Do you nurse more often on your right? Most people do have one side that produces more than the other... it's not necessarily an issue. (For me it was because I favor laying on my left side in bed, so she nursed more from the left than the right at night.) It's not necessarily a problem.
yeah, he just started it a few days ago..and I noticed that I'll still get engorged on my right side but not my left anymore. It takes him forever to nurse too, he'll nurse for over an hour easily, my first son was a very efficient nurser, he'd be done and satisfied in 10-15 minutes where Micah never seems satisfied. I also burp him often to avoid any gas issues too..
Ava had a latching problem from my left side for a couple of months and we had to use different holds all the time, but she never had a problem with my right side, so she nursed more from that side. Now my right produces more than my left. She has a much better latch now on the left side so I'm trying to get her to nurse more on that side, so it will produce more and now I'm a little lop sided b/c the right produces more. But you'll always have enough milk even if your little one favors one side over the other. I ran into one momma that only nursed from her right side.
most babies have a preference of one breast over the other. i had a major supply issue with my left breast. there are tricks to try to increase supply (pump that side only after feedings to stimulate more milk production, feed on that side 1st when the baby is sucking most efficiently), but none of these things worked for me. i continued to offer the left 1st at every feeding, but he would get frustrated within 5-10 minutes, and i would switch to the right. when i returned to work at 8 weeks PP, i started pumping FT during the workday and realized just how lopsided i was! i never got more than 1 oz from my left, but my right "superboob" produced 3-4 oz per session, sometimes more! i was visibly lopsided as well. i was able to BF and pump at work for an entire year without formula. jacob will be 2 y/o on monday, and we are STILL BFing! at 18 months i started to get sore every time he latched onto the left since there was basically no milk left, so i weaned him on that side and have continued to nurse morning and bedtime on just the right for the past 6 months!
My right boob makes more than my left - like, 5 ounces compared to 2. And my left boob will fill "full' before the right one will. I just alternate which side I start him on, and sometimes he goes to the opposite side and sometimes he doesn't. I just keep them both stimulated.
My left has always produced more with both girls. Dd1 would flat out refuse my right breast. I didn't know enough to ask an LC for advice so I just quit nursing. It could be a growth spurt or just frustration at a slower flow after the initial letdown.