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<b>First question</b><br>
Right breast: shoots out a stream of milk about every 3 hours, always full & ready, comes close to engorgement.<br>
Left breast: softer, definitely a lower supply, occasionally DD actually drains it (none comes out when I try to manually express). I try to make a conscious effort to give the left breast equal time, but it just doesn't get as full. Is this common? I'm right-handed; could I also be right-breasted?<br><br>
When she nurses the left breast, she often switches into comfort "nibbling" mode, where she's just sort of gently tugging. Could this be related? She doesn't generally have any other latch problems, and is gaining like a champ at about 2.5 weeks. She put on 20 ounces in the 11 days between her first & second check-ups!<br><b><br>
Second question<br></b>My darling girl gets this adorable little "fierce" face when she's getting ready to nurse, and sort of launches herself at my nipple to latch on. Very cute. However, she also gets very playful after a while, and sometimes seems torn between wanting to nurse and wanting to resist nursing. She'll get her fist(s) between her face & my breast, and gnaw on her fists - but then squawk unhappily and continue rooting & throwing her head around. She'll get herself very frustrated, but also squawk & resist if I try to guide her to my breast. Once she's settled onto it - no problem, she nurses happily.<br><br>
Is this just temperament? She is a redhead, after all. Or is she telling me something that I'm not understanding?
 

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No advice on the first issue, sorry. But, on the 2nd, you reminded me of DD with her little hands in the way!!! I totally forgot about that. It was so frustrating! You can try holding her hands out of the way - eventually they figure it out, but it's a frustrating period. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I have had people suggest swaddling to nurse since it keeps their hands out of the way. I figured out a way to sort of pin her top arm down and I put her bottom arm under her body and my breast to pin that one down.<br><br>
Now she pushes against my breast with her hand and it pushes the nipple out of her mouth, so she sucks harder. Fun.
 

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My left side was the plentiful side and the right side was the empty side both babies/tots. While pumping I could get gallons out of the left and very little the right. Both girls also prefered the left.<br><br>
I have had some mamas say that it switched with births that followed. One side was more plentiful than the other and then it switched with the next baby.
 

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Oh and I remember dd1 doing this sort of. A lot of times if she was very tired or fussy she would do it. If she is gaining etc, she might just grow out of it. I remember it correcting itself by about 4-6 weeks.
 

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I really think it's just developmental. They are hungry and frustrated and their little fists get in the way because they haven't yet figured out that it impedes eating... They're still trying to get those little limbs to do what they want them to.
 

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My left is the fav. boob of both my girls and the right..poor boobie..is the loner. It doesn't get nearly as full. I usually always start with the left, hoping to get her going on it, but she always wants to switch after a couple of minutes...so totally normal. At night she will drain it because I think she is so tired, but hungry so it doesn't matter.
 

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[/B]My darling girl gets this adorable little "fierce" face when she's getting ready to nurse, and sort of launches herself at my nipple to latch on. Very cute. However, she also gets very playful after a while, and sometimes seems torn between wanting to nurse and wanting to resist nursing. She'll get her fist(s) between her face & my breast, and gnaw on her fists - but then squawk unhappily and continue rooting & throwing her head around. She'll get herself very frustrated, but also squawk & resist if I try to guide her to my breast. Once she's settled onto it - no problem, she nurses happily.<br><br>
Is this just temperament? She is a redhead, after all. Or is she telling me something that I'm not understanding?</div>
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She is probably just impatient for letdown. Just keep guiding her there, and as she gets older she'll figure out it's coming. As for the "fierce" face, I'm laughing--my DD did that too! She actually still scrunches up her face when she's about to suck on anything, whether it is my boob or a sippy cup. Too cute!
 

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Just wanted to say that I could have written the first part of your post almost verbatim. That being said, I have nursed 3 kiddos and they've all grown to be huge, so somehow or another my body is compensating. Sounds like your LO is growing fine also, so I wouldn't worry about the uneven supply.
 

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Lots of women have a breast that is more productive milk-wise than the other. My right breast makes more milk and is bigger than the left. Now, nursing my 13 mo, this is even more noticeable. (Not to anyone but me and dh).<br><br>
Not sure about the second issue, though it does sound developmental to me. Remember, you're always working on the breastfeeding relationship and it takes two to tango. So long as she's nursing fine and often enough, I wouldn't worry about it.
 
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