Re: Feeding only from one breast
Yes, it is definitely possible to feed on just one breast. Think about moms of twins- that's one breast per baby, right? However, if you can avoid using just one breast, it's very much worth it to do so, for the following reasons:
- Symmetry. Nursing on just one breast means you're likely to end up with one breast much larger than the other, since one breast is going to be producing a lot of milk and the other almost nothing.
- Having a spare is nice. If you suddenly have a problem with one breast, it's always good to have the second side available in reserve.
If you choose to wean from the damaged side, you're going to need to slowly reduce the amount the baby is using the damaged side while slowly increasing the amount the baby uses the undamaged side. This will allow your supply on the damaged side to slowly decrease, reducing your risk for nasty things like plugged ducts and mastitis. It will also prevent your baby from having some hungry days as the supply builds on the undamaged side; if you've been nursing on both breasts thus far, you're unlikely to be able to transition to using just one breast in a single day or even a day or two.
You could try feeding mostly on the undamaged side while using the damaged side for just a couple of feedings per day, and pump that damaged side the rest of the time. That would allow you to maintain the option to use the hurting breast in the future, once it is healed, and once the baby's mouth grows enough that she can give you a deeper latch. Pumping the damaged sidelight also really help that nipple evert. The more often you pump or nurse on that side, the more likely it is that the adhesions under the skin, which hold the nipple flat or cause it to invert, will break. I had very flat nips before I nursed my first daughter, but after several months of nursing they weren't flat any more.
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