My 3.5 month old son has been refusing to nurse from my right breast for 4 days now. I have no idea why: he drinks perfectly fine from my left, we haven't had any major disruptions to our nursing schedule/habits, recently he's learnt to suck his thumb to sleep while lying on his left side (ie. the position when I cradle hold him to nurse on my right breast), so I didn't think he has ear infection; I don't think I've any breast infection either.
I've tried to bounce him to nurse on my right, he'll take a few sucks, then will pull off. After repeating this for a few times, he'll start crying and I'll have no choice but feed him on my left breast. He usually only drinks from one breast for each feed. Although he's willing to nurse from the right in the middle of the night, his nursing time is shorter than before, 3 ~ 5 min instead of the usual 10 ~ 15 min.
Tried nursing ds when right breast is full and my let down is forceful, he stops sucking when the let down starts. But he refused to nurse when my right breast is half empty too (and let down not so forceful).
I have always bf ds using cradle hold, never managed football hold, only tried nursing lying down several times when ds was abt 2 months. Tried to get him to nurse on my right lying down yesterday, wasn't successful.
My mother-in-law (secondary caregiver) has the habit of cuddling him to sleep with his head on her left arm (ie, similar to bf on the left), I thought maybe ds got so used to this position he's refusing other positions, esp. when he's trying to fall asleep. He has been napping more lately too, though he's still alert when awake.
Anyone has similar experiences to share??? I don't know how long this is going to last, getting very frustrated having to pump out my right side, and the fact that I'm having trouble pumping is not helping my temper either. Should I continue to offer my ds the right breast??? I'm hoping I don't have to nurse from only my left, it's already bigger than my right, don't want the difference to increase further.......not to mention my current worry of ds not having enough milk cos my left breast hasn't adjusted to the sudden frequent increase in feeding......