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    Default nursing on one side...??

    If your baby only nurses on one side- what do you do with the other side?
    do you need to pump to keep up your supply? If not it seems like that other side may go for a long strectch of time before a next feeding.

    Thanks!!
    Lauren- trying to figure it all out

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    Default Re: nursing on one side...??

    Hi Lauren,
    Do you mean your baby only nurses on one side per feeding? If you are switching breasts every feeding you don't need to do anything, your body will regulate itself. My son almost always only nurses on one breast per feeding. Most women offer the second after baby has let go of the first and if they go for it, that's great, if not, just offer it for the next feeding. As long as you're nursing on demand and letting your baby nurse for as long as he/she wants you will have enough milk.

    If you are talking about a situation where a baby won't latch on to one side for some reason and you're always only using one side, then you would need to pump to keep up your supply.

    Does that help?

    Anne- Mom to two active boys: Henry 10/06 and Jamie 4/09


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    Default Re: nursing on one side...??

    Well, my son nurses from one side each feeding and has been since day one. in the beginning, I was pumping the other side as it would get really full, but after time, my body was accommidating his nursing sessions. My breasts work on a 'supply and demand' schedule as I like to call it. It has grown accustomed to me only nursing on one side, so the side that doesnt get used (so to speak) doesnt get over-full. I just alternate each feeding. I have small breasts so I'm not really bothered if I do get a little full, but that usually doesnt happen. But I was told if I was going to do it this way, to pump the other side to keep up my supply, but i stopped doing it and I never had a problem!


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    Default Re: nursing on one side...??

    Thanks Ladies-

    That's exactly what I wanted to know! Depending on hunger level sometimes dd nurses from one side or sometimes both. I was just curious as what to do if it became a one side feeding situation in general.

    Thanks again
    Lauren

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    Default Re: nursing on one side...??

    Pumping on one side would only be necessary if you thought you were have supply issues. Otherwise you are telling your body to make twice what your baby needs- like you are nursing twins! It's amazing what our bodies can do isn't it?

    Anne- Mom to two active boys: Henry 10/06 and Jamie 4/09


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