Re: Lopsided: One breast engordged
A lot of babies prefer one breast over the other, which can cause lower production in the less favored side. So some lopsidedness is quite common- really, the only women who have perfectly symmetrical breasts are the airbrushed models in magazines!
It is okay to feed exclusively on one breast. Your baby will get enough milk from just one side.
Dealing with the lopsidedness may be a bit of a challenge, but there are some things you can try. You could try putting your baby to the left side first at every nursing session, because most babies suck most aggressively and remove the most milk at the beginning of a feeding. The more milk you remove, the more you will make. But since your baby sounds as if he may possibly be losing some interest in the breast, I'm not sure I would follow this route. I'd probably just offer his favorite side in order to keep him nursing.
Which brings me to suggestion #2: pump the left side. Pump every time your baby refuses the left side, and when he does take it, pump it anyway for at least 5 minutes when he's done. That should boost production and maybe even out the lopsidedness. And perhaps when there's more milk on the left side, your baby will become more interested in it.
Definitely ditch the bottles. Supplementing with formula is a slippery slope to early weaning- every time you give a bottle, milk sits around in your breasts and your body gets the message "Not much demand- time to reduce supply!" If you feel you absolutely must give a bottle, make sure you pump while it's being given.
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