My toddler has preferred one breast over the other since she was an infant and eventually it became established that she only fed from the left as it also allowed me to multitask more easily while breastfeeding.
And this has been fine/working for us.
Except that my nipples are super sensitive at ovulation and during menstruation and I want her back on two breasts, just to take the strain off the one nipple.
Only, the milk is now salty (it's been about a year since she breastfed from that breast, she just slowly stopped). It is yellow-ish, and as I said salty. And she won't take it, obviously. I have hand pumped occasionally, usually in the bath but never keep up at it to establish supply.
So, can I just hand pump to get the milk flowing again? And if so, how often should I pump to get the supply back up. My left breast has been the only supply, but the right has not stopped producing milk.
FWIW, I am aware of the association between breast cancer and breast rejection, and I do plan to get that checked out. Although it was not a sudden rejection , I do not have a family history of cancer and I do not have any symptoms to suggest anything is wrong.
Many thanks for any perspective offered.