Re: Decreased milk supply in one breast
Best thing you can do is to immediately take your baby off the schedule. Snacking is a totally normal and healthy eating pattern for a breastfed baby. In fact, I once read an anthropological study of babies' breastfeeding habits in societies where moms carry their babies all day long. Those babies nursed, on average, every 17 minutes. The idea that babies should routinely go hours and hours between nursing sessions is an exclusively modern, western idea, and is not based on anything other than convention and a general disapproval of responsive parenting styles. In addition, stretching the time between feedings is a terrific way to end up with a lowered milk supply. Because supply = demand, the moment you start restricting demand you also start restricting supply. I especially suggest getting rid of the schedule because you started a new form of hormonal contraception, which can lower supply for some moms. (It is also likely the cause of the spotting, since breakthrough bleeding is one of the top side-effects of the mini-pill.)
Lopsidedness is common in breastfeeding moms. The way to deal with it is to increase stimulation to the underperforming breast. The 2 best ways to do this are:
- Offer the underperforming breast first, topping up with the overachiever as necessary
- Pump the smaller side in addition to nursing
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