Happy Mothers Breastfed Babies
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: one breast per feeding?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    75

    Default one breast per feeding?

    My boy seems to really want to eat from just one breast per feeding. Is this ok? I alternate breasts and there is no mistaking which one needs to feed him at which time, as it is full and ready to be emptied! It's just that he falls asleep after eating and since the time that he spends eating varies, it is hard to cut in in half and move him to the other breast. Plus, when i move him to the other breast, he sometimes loses interest and i am not sure if it is because he is full, or becuase i disrupted him. So, i prefer to let him eat off of one side until he falls away on his own.

    Just want to know if this is ok. Thanks!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    3,900

    Default Re: one breast per feeding?

    Absolutely! "Finish the first breast first". When he comes off on his own, you can go ahead and try the other side. If he doesn't take it, no worries.

    HTH!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    75

    Default thank you!

    one more question. if i pump milk, and it is only 2 ounces - can i add milk to that same container later? either hours later or a day or two later if it is refirgerated? Thanks!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    3,900

    Default Re: thank you!

    You sure can. Simply cool it first.

    I would like to mention, though, that it is a good idea to store in smaller increments for less waste.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    627

    Default Re: one breast per feeding?

    I have a follow up question to this....what if the child just stops nursing but doesn't unlatch. DD will just start sucking....really slowly. Is she done on this side or is this normal? Part of the time she's really dozing, and then she'll suck, and then doze. Should I take her off and try the other side...or really wait until she unlatches?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    75

    Default Re: thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by LLL_Jolie View Post
    You sure can. Simply cool it first.

    I would like to mention, though, that it is a good idea to store in smaller increments for less waste.
    When you say cool it first, you mean thaw it? If it is frozen, than i can thaw it and add milk to it?

    If it is in the fridge, it is already cool - so can i add fresh milk to refrigerared milk?

    and thanks for the tip on storing in smaller increments - how small would you suggest? 2 oz? 4 oz?

    Thanks again!

  7. #7
    Pazygozo's Avatar
    Pazygozo is offline Shares Widely And Frequently
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    336

    Default Re: thank you!

    I believe the milk that needs to be cooled is the newest milk, that you just barely pumped. Otherwise pouring body-temperature milk into the frozen milk would thaw the frozen milk, and you want to keep frozen milk frozen until you're ready for it. Cool the newest milk in the fridge, then dump it in either with the other milk in the fridge or the frozen milk. Somebody please correct me if I'm mistaken!

    Personally, I stored milk at 2 oz until my little guy was consistently eating 4 oz bottles. Then I did 4 oz.

    Congratulations on your new one!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    75

    Default Re: one breast per feeding?

    thank you!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    3,900

    Default Re: thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mamakazi View Post
    When you say cool it first, you mean thaw it? If it is frozen, than i can thaw it and add milk to it?
    If you have milk that is already cool, you can add fresh milk to it if you cool it first.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mamakazi View Post
    If it is in the fridge, it is already cool - so can i add fresh milk to refrigerared milk?
    It's best to cool the fresh milk before adding to the refrigerated milk.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mamakazi View Post
    and thanks for the tip on storing in smaller increments - how small would you suggest? 2 oz? 4 oz?
    2 oz is a good start for a newborn. If more is needed, you can always warm more. For an older baby 3-4 ounces is a good amount.

    Here's some more info on storage:
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/milkstorage.html

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    75

    Default Re: one breast per feeding?

    perfect, thank you! i dont plan to feed him from a bottle yet. i keep hearing about nipple confusion so had planned to wait until at LEAST 4 weeks in. But i have had 2 people tell me not to wait too long because their kids ended up not taking a bottle!

    my hubby really wanted to be involved in feedings, though

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •