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DD prefers one side over the other...problem?

This is the first baby I've been able to breastfeed, so I'm like a FTM at all of this! 

DD (9 days old) is a great eater but for the last few days she's really not liked my right side. Especially if I offer it first as recommended by my LC (starting on the side she finished on last time). She gets this grimace on her face and  comes off and shakes her head like she's looking for something else. She takes the left side great if offered first and usually will finish on the right side with little to no problems. I don't want her to get a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance or anything so is there anything I can do for this? Is this something I should worry about at all?

Thanks ladies!

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Re: DD prefers one side over the other...problem?

  • Have you tried different positions? My DD seemed to not like my right side either at first, and I realized that it was because she didn't like turning her head that way. So for a couple days, I used the football hold on my right side so that she turned her head the same way as when on the left side. She got over it pretty quickly and now nurses easily on either side. It's not really a problem if she prefers one side over the other, though. Your body will adjust. 

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  • It could be a number of things. She might have a bit of pain in her neck or somewhere that makes latching on that side less comfortable. You could try a different position (say, football rather than cradle) and see if that helps. You might have more milk on the left than the right, which isn't a problem but will get more pronounced if you feed more on the left. I would just keep trying the right first, but never deny her the left if it's just not working out.
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  • Thanks, ladies! I've been using football hold - c/s baby - so I'll try another one. We'll just keep on keepin' on...the reassurance is what I needed. :)
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