Why do babies prefer one breast over the other?

Why do babies prefer one breast over the other?

Your baby’s breast preference can make the milk supply situation worse: You can end up with a low milk supply in one breast if your baby nurses more often from the other breast. Sometimes a baby will be more comfortable being held on one side than the other. If your baby seems to suddenly prefer one side, it may be because something hurts him.

What happens when baby prefers one breast to the other? Your baby’s breast preference can make the milk supply situation worse: You can end up with a low milk supply in one breast if your baby nurses more often from the other breast. Sometimes a baby will be more comfortable being held on one side than the other. If your baby seems to suddenly prefer one side, it may be because something hurts him.

Why does my baby only eat from one breast? There is a possibility that the milk flow is slower or more forceful. That also can affect a baby to prefer a particular side, besides milk supply. Nipple trauma or cracks: If this happens to one breast, mothers may prefer to feed the baby on the other breast.

Why does one breast produce more milk than the other? In both of these cases, get help from your health visitor or doctor so they can help your baby and you to recover. When your baby’s older, a low milk supply, or a reduced flow of milk in one breast, may make her favour the other breast. It’s common for one breast to produce more milk than the other (Kent et al 2006).

Why do babies latch on to one breast more than the other? This may be because it’s more comfortable for you, or because your baby latches on more easily to one breast than the other. Sometimes, the letdown sensation is much stronger and more uncomfortable in one breast than the other. This may lead you to favour one side.

What should I do if my baby prefers one breast?

What should I do if my baby prefers one breast? The increased stimulation should help to increase the milk supply on that side. If baby prefers the breast with slower flow, try to gradually decrease your milk supply on the overproducing breast. It can be possible to make enough milk for your baby even with just one-sided nursing (think of twins!).

Why does my baby only eat from one breast? There is a possibility that the milk flow is slower or more forceful. That also can affect a baby to prefer a particular side, besides milk supply. Nipple trauma or cracks: If this happens to one breast, mothers may prefer to feed the baby on the other breast.

What happens if you breastfeed your baby on one side? If you are breastfeeding from one side, you may notice that one breast is larger than the other (because it is making milk), but it is unlikely that anyone else will notice any difference. When your baby has weaned, your breasts will go back to more or less their original (and more equal) size. Contact the Breastfeeding Helpline.

Is it normal to breastfeed with one breast? However, sometimes, you may notice that the baby prefers feeding on one breast.One-sided breastfeeding can be normal for most women. There are several reasons for a baby preferring one-sided breastfeeding. Read this MomJunction post to know more about the causes and side effects of one-sided breastfeeding, and how to deal with it.