Re: Newbie with some questions
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby!
It is not general recommended that mothers feed only on one side per feeding during the early days of breastfeeding. The longer a breast goes without milk being removed from it, the less milk that breast will supply. So does that mean a mom MUST nurse on both breasts or risk losing supply? No. What she should do is to allow baby to finish the first breast at her own pace, and then offer the second breast but not stress if baby doesn't take it.
It is never too late to start offering both breasts at a feeding, and it is never too late to increase milk supply.
Spit-up is normal, and often has little to do with the way you're feeding baby. The sphincters that hold stomach contents down are weak in infants, but they get stronger in time, at which point spit-up diminishes and then stops. As long as your baby is a "happy spitter", spitting up without evidence of pain, spit-up is a laundry issue, not a health issue.
Switch nursing is a great way to cope with a sleepy baby, and at this point it's more important to make sure that baby gets plenty of milk than to worry about hindmilk. I would definitely try switch nursing and see what happens. She should wake up fairly soon, at which point I bet things will improve a lot.
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