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Old 03-29-2008, 12:11 PM   #11
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im not sure what you can do havent had that problem. BUT stay away from a sheild. i did have one of those. 110% check out LLLI.org. also on LLLI.org click on find local support at top of page and call a leader- go to a meeting its FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! also check out a LC- some LLL leaders are LCs too!


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Old 03-29-2008, 01:00 PM   #12
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thank you mams for all your support and encouragement! i know it will just take time to get used to things again.
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:07 AM   #13
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i didnt read through all the responses
but if i understand correctly - she is latching well on one side but isnt interested in the other? Also she isnt nursing long but sometimes lets milk even fall from her mouth?

of course after seeing what she has gainned i'm sure you will know more - but in the mean time - how is her output? number of wet and dirty diapers?

my little ones both preferred one side over the other - and opposite sides at that - i'm a cup larger on one side at 13 months post partum and still nursing

personally i'd stay away from the shield if at all possible b/c they can be a pain as you well know and she is latching well on one side .... if she is gaining find and has good output i wouldnt worry about her time spent nursing

to try and even myself out i tend to start on the unfavored breast, then nurse on the favored side and then go back to the unfavored breast instead of alternating like usual - but its mostly just so i have a bra that fits both sides

you have to think too that if she's 6 something lbs she cant have a huge tummy - my midwife told us with the last that a 6 lb baby shouldnt be forced to eat as many oz per feeding as 9+ lb full term baby (mine was 36.5 wks old at birth) and the doctors gave us some awful advice and threats due to his birth size (like i had so much control over that) and jaundice (that turned out not even to be high enough for lights but i'm getting off topic)
anyhow if she is drinking well and then afterwards not swallowing milk that is already in her mouth she just sounds like she is full - its not the same as if you feel that you dont have enough for her and she still seems hungry after one side or that she isnt ever sucking and swallowing well

my first one needed to suck almost constantly and would have live literally at the breast all day long for his first 3 or 4 months old - the second ate and then didnt want to stay and hang out there - so no movie dates with dh

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Have you tried holding her in the same position when you switch sides? Uh... Football hold on the side she doesn't favor and regular for the side she does is basically what I'm talking about. Do you have a LLL near you? I think a lactation consultant would be really helpful. I hope things get better soon.
This is what I was going to suggest, it always worked for me if my kiddos went through a phase of having a favorite side.
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Old 03-31-2008, 01:02 PM   #15
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Re: what to do when baby favors one side?

I didn't read all the responses, but my youngest preferred one side over the other. The only position he'd nurse in until he got bigger was football hold, and even then I had to hand express a few times to make sure the nipple was right there for him. I had a flat nipple issue, and it was much worse on one side than the other.

Also, have you taken your babe to a chiropractor? I took DS in and we found out that he had pretty severe tightness on one side, which made turning his head that way very uncomfortable for him, thereby making him prefer one side to the other. One adjustment, and he was nursing like a champ on both sides. We've been taking him for regular adjustments since he was about 6wks old, and it's been a lifesaver.

Oh, and I agree with everyone who says to stay away from the nipple shield if at all possible. I had to use one for my preemie (in conjunction with an SNS...that was fun) and it was a nightmare. She never nursed without it.
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yay!!!!!!!! she gained 8oz this week!!!! just got back from the peds and she went from 6lbs 8oz to 7lbs!!!! i am so relieved. so i guess i just have a lot of milk because she really is done after only like 5 minutes! her side issues are evening out its just weird because sometimes its like 20 minutes until she finally latches on and sometimes its right away. sometimes after struggling with the lass loved side for 10-20 minutes, just when im about to give up, she poops...so i think hummmm, that must have been the problem and then she will latch on...guess one can't poop and eat at the same time
thanks so much for your help and advice. it has really helped me through this first week...now any suggestions about what to do with a needy 1 1/2 year old while nursing
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yay!!!!!!!! she gained 8oz this week!!!! just got back from the peds and she went from 6lbs 8oz to 7lbs!!!! i am so relieved. so i guess i just have a lot of milk because she really is done after only like 5 minutes! her side issues are evening out its just weird because sometimes its like 20 minutes until she finally latches on and sometimes its right away. sometimes after struggling with the lass loved side for 10-20 minutes, just when im about to give up, she poops...so i think hummmm, that must have been the problem and then she will latch on...guess one can't poop and eat at the same time
thanks so much for your help and advice. it has really helped me through this first week...now any suggestions about what to do with a needy 1 1/2 year old while nursing


mine are 15 months apart - something in a glass or sippy for my oldest and a pile of books and all of us on the couch - that way both babies were drinking something and both were cuddled up - thanks to God that your second doesnt need to spend a lot of time eating and that she is gaining well
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