Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 18 of 19

Thread: Is feeding off one breast OK?

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    3,686

    Default Is feeding off one breast OK?

    Hi Girls

    DD is down to one BF a day, the first morning feed. She use to favour my left breast but since weaning, she's switched to the right so much so that she won't really drink for my left side at all. This has been going on for a couple of weeks now and she will only spend 20 seconds or so at my left breast even if I offer that side first. She sometimes bashes my left side too, like "c'mon milk, I'm waiting and getting impatient!"

    So do you think my left breast is *empty* (LOL!)? Should I just stop offering that side? Is it OK to just feed off one side? And the million dollar question - will my already saggy boobs get even worse and become lopsided?!

    HELP!


  2. #2

    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    11,633

    Default

    One side is fine. I would think since you're only doing one feed a day that there wouldn't be any difference in size. Your supply will have dropped a lot by now, of course, but it's not so much that one side isn't making milk (it will if she feeds on it), but that side may have a slower flow.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    2,121

    Default

    My DS now 14 mnths has been feeding off the one boob since about 10mths...side he preffered, and TBH, side i preferred. Supply has reduced a lot, so its not like ive got one full boob and another deflated. Never happened with the other kids...but i would think when this monkey weans, they would just balance out ??
    GL !

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Rural NSW
    Posts
    6,975

    Default

    I BF my youngest for 2 years and for the last 9 months or so he only fed off my right breast. Yes it looked lopsided at the time but YES they evened up and are identical again. He is now 4.

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    3,686

    Default

    Thanks girls!!! That was just what I needed to hear.

    I'll continue to offer her the left side but will stop worrying now if she's not all that interested. I find it amusing that she's swapped faves along the way, it was always the left and I thought it was because I naturally cradle her in my left but obviously the right has something better to offer these days. LOL!

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    In beautiful chaos!
    Posts
    2,335

    Default

    Yeah continue!!!

    My friend feed her 3 children all up to the age of 2 with one boobie! For some reason all 3 of them hated the left one? hahaha

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    3,686

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Dedicated_mummy View Post
    For some reason all 3 of them hated the left one? hahaha
    Random, isn't it! My poor left side is feeling a little neglected (and very unloved when it literally cops a bashing from DD!)

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Rural NSW
    Posts
    6,975

    Default

    I've heard that the baby favours the same breast as the hand you write with... ie your dominant arm because it feels stronger/more secure.... also i suspect that your circulation is slightly greater/faster on that side of the body meaning milk is made faster? who knows why they favour.... maybe we could ask a child who has been breast fed until their "milk teeth" fell out (apparently this is a theory as to how old the human child is meant to be breast fed for according to mother nature)...and they could tell us why they have a preference!

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    In beautiful chaos!
    Posts
    2,335

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Taurean View Post
    Random, isn't it! My poor left side is feeling a little neglected (and very unloved when it literally cops a bashing from DD!)
    My bbs are quite elastic, from Lucy hammering them! ouch!

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    3,686

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Bathsheba View Post
    I've heard that the baby favours the same breast as the hand you write with... ie your dominant arm because it feels stronger/more secure.... also i suspect that your circulation is slightly greater/faster on that side of the body meaning milk is made faster? who knows why they favour.... maybe we could ask a child who has been breast fed until their "milk teeth" fell out (apparently this is a theory as to how old the human child is meant to be breast fed for according to mother nature)...and they could tell us why they have a preference!
    That makes sense really and yes, I'm right handed! There was a link to a video on BB recently, posted by JustMe, and it was of a mother in the UK who is still BF her 7 year old (may have been 8 year old). I'm not sure how old the footage is but maybe she has a forum or website (given it's so unusual in the western world) and we could email her. The footage was quite amazing and both daughters (I think the younger one self weaned at 5) said how wonderful it tasted, "much better than melons" was the words one used for memory.

    Hmmm, might google her!

    ETA: found the footage again and apparently it's from a 2006 documentary called Extroadinary Breastfeeding http://vodpod.com/watch/932467-breastfeeding-at-8-

  11. #11

    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    3,686

    Default

    On second thoughts (after googling about this lady), no, I won't go there!

  12. #12

    Default

    Wow, that is so interesting - about them favouring the side that you write with - my little one TOTALLY favours my right hand side!!!

    Weird huh?

    Anyway, sorry to jump into the thread there!
    Sue x

  13. #13

    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Rural NSW
    Posts
    6,975

    Default

    After thinking about this and my own child's preference; when he was attached to my right side that meant that HIS right arm was the free one too (rather than being tucked under) and given that he has grown up to be right handed maybe he just felt more comfortable having his right hand out so that he could fiddle with my shirt etc which is what he did while BFing.

  14. #14

    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    11,633

    Default

    Studies show that most women have a better supply/flow on one side or the other. It's most often the right - maybe it's the right-handed thing?

  15. #15

    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    3,686

    Default

    It's quite interesting, isn't it! Maybe you're right Bath, maybe it is so they have their dominant hand free too. DD definitely liked the left when she was little and my left produced a lot more milk when expressing too but since she's gotten older, and appears to be favouring her right hand, she has taken a shine for my right breast. Hmmmm

  16. #16

    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    4,081

    Default

    I think we are the exception then.
    My LHS is definitely the preferred option for P and was for N too. I have been exclusively feeding from my LHS for several months now (maybe 6?!?) and I am right handed. I would be surprised if my kids prove to be anything but right-handed also.
    Interesting though.

  17. #17

    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    3,686

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Snacks View Post
    I think we are the exception then.
    My LHS is definitely the preferred option for P and was for N too. I have been exclusively feeding from my LHS for several months now (maybe 6?!?) and I am right handed. I would be surprised if my kids prove to be anything but right-handed also.
    Interesting though.
    Ah, there goes that theory

  18. #18

    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    in the Capital
    Posts
    1,478

    Default

    I'm left-handed and he prefers my left!! How terribly intriguing!!

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •