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Today (Sunday) my 4.5 month old DD has decided she hates my right boob. She has taken a few sips, but when she's really been hungry, she rejected it and screamed, but I knew she was hungry, and when I offered the left, she took it happily. I've had more minor variations of this before, where she preferred one side but she's never outright refused to nurse from it all day. It really hurts now!<br><br>
I work about 60 hours a week, Mon-Fri, and pump when I am at work, breastfeed while at home. Normally, she nurses a lot in the evenings and throughout the night and then all day on Saturday and Sunday when I'm home. She usually sticks to her routine of not eating a whole lot during the day and eating more in the evenings whether I'm home or not.<br><br>
Anyways, I can barely lift my right arm right now. I tried manually expressing from that side, but only got an ounce or so and it didn't help. I really don't want to pull my pump out (I love the weekend break from it). But maybe I should - it hurts!!<br><br>
Also, she's been spitting up much more than normal today. Not sure what this has to do with it - she's otherwise her usual happy self.<br><br>
TIA for any advice!<br>
adrienne
 

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Does she have reflux? Reflux babies sometime suddenly find it more uncomfortable to nurse on one side or the other, just because lying that way aggravates the reflux. More typically they refuse the left breast, but given that she's spitting up more, I wonder it that's part of what's going on. Will she nurse side-lying? If you can vary her position so that she's more comfortable, you might be able to get her to nurse.<br><br>
You should definitely pump, though. You're courting plugs and mastitis by not properly emptying that breast. Mastitis can also affect the taste of your milk, which your baby may respond negatively to, so for that reason also it's not worth risking.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I had this same problem a few times, someone on this board suggested trying to nurse lying down or use the football hold. The football hold worked perfectly. I sat on the couch and put a pillow under dd and was able to hold her in her preferred position.<br><br>
The refusals never lasted more than a day or two. She might be teething or have a sore ear, making it painful to lie on that side.<br><br>
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Thanks for the tips. She did nurse on that side at night, while side-lying.<br><br>
Soon after I posted, I began feeling very achey and tired. I've done more reading now, and think I must have mastitis. I do have a wedge-shaped area of tenderness at the top of the right breast. Maybe that is why she was refusing??<br><br>
I'm going to try some of the tips on kellymom for mastitis and hope it gets better quickly.
 

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I've had mastitis many, many times, and the best thing I've found is really high-dose vitamin C. Lots of water, lots and lots of vitamin C. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 
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