Re: Lack of milk in one breast
Welcome and congratulations on the baby! Sorry about the sore nipple.
Are you sure she's lactose intolerant? Lactose intolerance is common in adults but extremely rare in babies. When a baby has an issue with mom's milk, it's more often a problem related to a) excess lactose due to oversupply or b) intolerance to proteins in mom's milk that come from something mom is eating (often cow's milk).
About a month ago we had to introduce lactose free formula as she's lactose intolerant, however I've been slowly reintroducing additional breastfeeds (with colief) so she's down to only 2 bottles now.
It's simple: the more often and more completely you drain that breast, the more milk that breast will make. Here are some ways to improve supply on the right:
How can I get production up in the right breast?
1. Start more feeds on the right. Babies drain the breast more thoroughly at the beginning of feedings.
2. Pump the right in addition to nursing.
Lots of moms feed on only 1 breast. However, maintaining some supply in the right may be worth doing because:
I'm toying with the idea of swinging all feeds over to the left breast (she's already having 3 out of 4 feeds off this breast anyway).
1. It will maintain supply in case you have a problem on the left.
2. It will prevent additional lopsidedness- which is an aesthetic issue for some moms.
Here's a link on how to wean from formula supplements: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/decrease-formula.html
Also, currently she's breastfeeding at bedtime, middle of the night and the morning (2 feeds, one being the nasty breast...), I would like her to start feeding in the afternoon too, however, as I haven't been able to pump in the afternoons (been on holiday over Christmas) I don't know how effective this will be. Shall I offer the breast then top her up with the bottle? Will her feeding during the afternoon (or even pumping) affect the milk available to her at bedtime?
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