Why do babies prefer one breast over another?

Many mothers notice that one breast makes more milk than the other and/or that her baby prefers one breast to the other (although will drink from both). This is usually normal and nothing to worry about. In rare instances, a large difference in breast size between breasts may indicate insufficient glandular tissue.

What do I do if my baby prefers one breast over the other?

Persuading baby to nurse better on the less preferred side

  1. Try starting your baby on the preferred breast and then once let-down occurs, slide her over to the other side without changing the position of her body. …
  2. Continue to try different nursing positions.

Why do babies prefer one side of the breast?

Sometimes a baby will be more comfortable being held on one side than the other. If your baby seems to suddenly prefer one side, it may be because something hurts him. Maybe he has an ear infection in one ear, or maybe the side that he was just immunized on is tender, for example.

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Should baby always feed from both breasts?

The decision to offer one breast or both breasts at each feeding is a matter of preference. As long as your baby is getting enough breast milk and growing at a healthy, consistent pace, it doesn’t matter if you nurse from one breast or both breasts at each feeding.

Why does my baby latch well on one side but not the other?

Yes. This may be because it’s more comfortable for you, or because your baby latches on more easily to one breast than the other. Sometimes, the letdown sensation is much stronger and more uncomfortable in one breast than the other. This may lead you to favour one side.

Is it OK if baby only nurses one side at a time?

When you breastfeed from only one side at each feeding, let your baby nurse for as long as they want on that breast. You want to be sure that they are getting as much breast milk as possible from that side. Longer feedings allow your baby to get to the creamier, higher-fat hindmilk at the end of the feeding.

Is 10 minutes long enough breastfeeding?

A newborn should be put to the breast at least every 2 to 3 hours and nurse for 10 to 15 minutes on each side. An average of 20 to 30 minutes per feeding helps to ensure that the baby is getting enough breast milk. It also allows enough time to stimulate your body to build up your milk supply.

Why does my baby keep pulling off during nursing?

Since the breast is continually producing milk, your baby may be able to drink again on that side. Sometimes babies pull away from the breast and fuss because the milk is flowing too fast. If this is the case, you may find that your baby pulls away soon after starting to feed and just as the milk is letting down.

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Should I offer second breast if baby is asleep?

As well as breastfeeding and sleeping, your baby will probably also have periods of quiet alertness. Your newborn needs to nurse actively from one or both breasts at each feed. Offer the second breast after he seems to have finished at the first, although he may not want both sides at every feed.

How do you know when to switch sides breastfeeding?

When he stops suckling and swallowing, or when he falls asleep, you’ll want to switch him to the other breast. If he hasn’t released the first breast, simply slip your finger into the corner of his mouth to break the suction (and protect your nipple) before removing him from your breast.