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Old 03-20-2012, 07:55 AM   #1
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Nursing a Newborn--question!

DD didn't finish off my right breast during the night--too tired I guess! She normally only nurses on one side per feeding. So, at our next feeding, should I get her to finish off the right or put her on the left like I normally would? She nurses every 3 hrs(her choice).

My supply is awesome right now and I don't want to jeopardize it!!

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Old 03-20-2012, 12:58 PM   #2
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Re: Nursing a Newborn--question!

I would go to the other one anyway. Having one that wasn't comletely emptied is better I think than skipping one all together
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Old 03-20-2012, 01:55 PM   #3
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Re: Nursing a Newborn--question!

I agree with PP... but you know your boobs better than I do I know that if I skipped one side all together, it would be huge and engorged and baby would pretty much drown next time she tried to nurse from that side!
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Especially if you have no supply issues, go the the other breast UNLESS baby only nurses a VERY short time, or wants to eat again much sooner. Otherwise the neglected breast will turn into a rock....
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Re: Nursing a Newborn--question!

I would pump out the right after the feeding to make sure it's empty.
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Old 03-20-2012, 05:39 PM   #6
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Re: Nursing a Newborn--question!

I had the same issue and I really wanted to be sure he was getting the hind milk so, I block fed. So, one breast for two feedings and pump the other side at one of the two feedings and then switch sides. It makes for a great supply as well.
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Especially if you have no supply issues, go the the other breast UNLESS baby only nurses a VERY short time, or wants to eat again much sooner. Otherwise the neglected breast will turn into a rock....


You can also pump or hand express on the unfinished side.
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We started off only feeding one bewb at a time. She is almost 3 weeks and now wants one whole bewb and 1/2 to a 3/4 of the other. I always start off with the 2nd bewb from last time. I figure this will help the most once growth spurts and AF dips start happening.

If you are wanting to start a freezer stash or don't mind committing to part time pumping, I'd say pump off the neglected bewb each feeding or at least 2 or 3 feedings at the same time each day.
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I would go to the other side, too, though i am sure you've already made a decision on what to do by now. For me, skipping a side would decrease production on that side a lot more quickly than not fully emptying a side.
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Re: Nursing a Newborn--question!

i always switched which side i started with for this very reason. that way i figured, each breast got it's chance to be fully emptied for an equal amount of time.
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