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My friend just had a baby 3 days ago. He is nursing great on one side but REFUSES to nurse on the other. In fact, he only cries when she tries to nurse him on that side.<br><br>
What should she do?<br><br>
Also, she has large boobs and flat nipples.
 

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keep trying. my daughter did the same thing and finally caught on. then when she was about a year we caught on that we were only nursing on one side, the side she hated in the beginning. she is 3 and still only nurses on one side<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My ds only nursed on one side until day 4. I have one flat nipple and he would not latch.<br><br>
I worked with a LC who set me up with a nipple shield, which is how he eventually latched on. After 2 nursing sessions with the shield, he latched directly on the breast and hasn't looked back. The breast he preferred is still bigger and seems to produce more, but now he's happy to take either side.<br><br>
Nipple shields are controversial, but in my case it was the solution. Please help your friend locate a certified LC who can work with her.<br><br>
Other things that helped me: switching to football hold so that ds could turn his head the same way as on the other breast, flattening the breast into a "sandwich" shape.<br><br>
Also, she'll need to pump to relieve engorgement, establish supply, and hopefully pull out the nipple a little bit. If she's in the hospital, the LC can set her up with a pump for now.<br><br>
Please encourage her to keep trying. I remember how frustrating it was, but the LCs told me that it's a very common situation. She can rest assured that if even she has to nurse on one side, she will still have plenty of milk and her baby will be fine; but it's early days yet and her dc may just need to learn what to do.<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Maybe suggest that she:<br>
1) contact someone that can help her locally(an IBCLC or LLL Leader)<br>
2) try different positions<br>
3) do her best to keep the weight of her breast off her baby's chin (a rolled up diaper or recieving blanket under the breast can help with this task).<br>
3) try to draw her nipple out before latching on that side<br><br>
Here's some resources:<br>
Flat nipples<br><a href="http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBnippleproblems.html" target="_blank">http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBnippleproblems.html</a><br><a href="http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/flat.html" target="_blank">http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/flat.html</a><br><a href="http://www.breastfeed-essentials.com/invertednipples.html" target="_blank">http://www.breastfeed-essentials.com...ednipples.html</a><br><a href="http://www.breastfeeding-basics.com/html/flat_inverted.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.breastfeeding-basics.com/...inverted.shtml</a><br>
Large breasts:<br><a href="http://www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/NursingWhenWellEndowedFAQ.html" target="_blank">http://www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/N...ndowedFAQ.html</a><br><a href="http://www.breastfeeding-basics.com/html/Large_Breasted_Tips.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.breastfeeding-basics.com/...ted_Tips.shtml</a><br><a href="http://www.lalecheleague.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVMayJun89p35.html" target="_blank">http://www.lalecheleague.org/llleade...yJun89p35.html</a><br><br><br>
Also,it should be considered that the baby could have some type of birth injury that makes it uncomfortable to nurse on that side.
 

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I don't have any useful advice for helping him latch on, but I wanted to say that even if he never takes that other breast she can nurse him just fine with only the one. Women have nursed twins on a single breast before! (there was a great article in mothering a couple issues ago on this!) Definitely take the previous posters suggestions and work with him to latch on, but its not the end of the breastfeeding relationship if for some reason he never does.
 

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thanks ladies. I will take these over to her today. She got a medela pump yesterday so maybe that will help with the inverted nipple problem. I like the idea of the football hold. He may just not want to lay on that side. I will ask her if he will lay on that side when not nursing.<br><br>
Birdie - nipple shields saved my breastfeeding experience too.
 
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