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So dd has decided that she is not going nurse on my right side. The left has always been her favorite, but she still regularly nursed on the right side, that is until about a month ago. Now she either turns her head and says "no" before she even tries latching on, or she will latch on for a second or two and then turn away and say "no." Until yesterday, she was at least nursing a bit on the right when she was really sleepy. However, in the middle of the night last night I tried to offer her my right breast, and I heard a soft little "hmm, no."<br><br>
I really don't like that she is nursing only from one side. I am quite lopsided now. Also, my left boob is a bit sore from all the extra nursing. In addition, I just get uncomfortable having her on one side that long. I have found myself getting a bit fidgety and wishing she would hurry up and finish already so I could change positions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: So, I would really like it if she would nurse on both sides. Is there any gentle way to encourage her to do so? If not, are there any problems associated with nursing from one side, either for me or for her? Why do some nurslings do this anyway? Milk flow? Taste? Comfort?<br><br>
Anyway, I don't expect anyone to answer all of those questions, but any advice or suggestions would be really helpful.
 

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my DS did this, too... same side preference, too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
since i was pregnant and my milk supply pretty much gone anyway, i just let it go... he would nurse every day or two on the left, and about once a week on the right. i was always more uncomfortable nursing him on the right anyway - the nipple is funky and blisters easily with a bad latch or a light bite. i think he didn't like it because i have a slower let down on that side and less milk supply... probably all stemming from the early nursing problems we had on that side. i'm having trouble again with that side with my new baby. wish i could just trade it in for another boob!<br><br>
sorry i don't have much better advice than to just let her wean down to one side!
 

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Hmmm, interesting. I always had lots of problems with my right nipple blistering, bleeding, etc. Lactation consult said he was latching just right but he would suck so hard he'd make me get blood blisters and bleed. Awful. My left one never hurt and never had an issue. When DS was about 18 mos. I just stopped offering the right one altogether and DS (2.5 now) only nurses the left. The left is his nurse and he thinks that the right one is Daddy's nurse. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
I know what you mean about getting tired on one side. As soon as DS falls asleep I'm rolled over to get relief. A friend of mine's DS decided he only liked one side and refused the other. She had to nurse only one side and let the other dry up. She said she was lopsided but you really could not tell.<br>
As for me, I can't see much of a difference in size (both still huge) and I never had any kind of engorgement on the non-nursed side. I know he's still getting milk out of the left but I don't really know if the right would produce any milk now. I suppose when I have another baby, I'll have to try the right one again and go through all that bleeding and pain <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shake.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shake">
 

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My 7 mo dd has always preferred my left breast as well! DH jokes that it is because of the extra "spigots" left from a piercing in my wild days--hehe. I'm thinking it has more to do with my handedness since from the beginning I felt more competent with her on the left.<br><br>
She was 9 weeks old when I first noticed how lopsided I had become. I was very self-conscious about it and proceeded to pump milk every night for two weeks in attempt to balance them out. Pumping did increase her interest in nursing the right side, but I never could increase the overall size and eventually I just gave up trying.<br><br>
I have her start every day time nurse on the right which lasts maybe 1 minute most of the time and then ~7 min on the left. I've found that she's most receptive to the right if she's laying on my lap as I sit up and also if I squeeze out a little milk first. I also offer the right breast during the night if I know she is full and just wanting the nipple for comfort--ususally she's sleepy enough not to notice and I figure any stimulation on that side is beneficial to keeping it "active".<br><br>
If it is possible I will try to avoid creating a preference with the next babe!<br><br>
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I would try taking her to a chiropractor- some nurslings will prefer one side to another because it hurts their necks or backs to nurse from one side.
 

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ds did that for a while... then all of a sudden decided its good to switch sides<br><br>
i think its a phase.<br><br>
btw, most babes favor the left because its closest to the heart.
 

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My daughter started favoring the left side really strongly at around 11 months. I tried pumping, tea, etc. to keep the supply up on the right side, but it dwindled to nothing. Now I'm majorly lopsided but she seems to get plenty of milk from the left breast alone. My right breast is back to its pre-pregnancy self and is "just for looks," as my husband says. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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