Re: Single Breast Engorged
Monika.h gave you great advice!
This is a possibility, so be vigilant and if you feel a plugged duct coming on, make sure you nurse more on that side. Soy lecithin is also supposed to be good for preventing plugged ducts.
My only concern is whether failing to drain my overproductive breast at each feeding could result in clogged ducts or an infection.
If you feed him on demand, he will get enough. And he will let you know if he's hungry!
Also, how do I know if baby is getting enough from the underproductive breast? How do I know if he is actually getting milk or just comfort sucking?
It's up to you. Starting every feed on the underproducing breast and finishing it on the overproducer will eventually increase supply in the underproducer and decrease supply in the overproducing breast, but it's a slower road to a more even supply. Skipping the overproducing side will make the supply on that side diminish a lot faster, but it does carry an increased risk of ending up with a plugged duct or even mastitis.
And, when he falls asleep or releases latch from underproductive breast, should I offer him the overproductive breast to ensure that he is getting enough or should I encourage him to stick with the underproductive breast to stimiluate production?
Hang in there! Nursing will get a lot easier as time goes on!
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