How to feed one breast?
There are situations when there is a need to feed with one breast, for example, if the second nipple is badly damaged and needs to be treated, or it is just necessary for a while not to give this breast to the child until the wound is completely healed.
In this case, you must follow some rules to avoid mastitis and the formation of a lump in the chest.
How to breastfeed: a few tips
To maintain normal and stable lactation for a long time (ideally up to 2 years old baby), you must follow the rules of breastfeeding. They are simple - any breastfeeding consultant will talk about them. But it is very difficult to establish lactation at the very beginning of feeding, when the baby is very small, and the glands are still malfunctioning. It is often necessary to switch to breastfeeding a baby.
There should be no difficulties here - the main thing is to follow the following rules:
- decanting the milk from the "unused" gland at the time when the baby sucks another;
- if it didn’t work out to be squeezed during feeding, you should definitely do it after;
- in case of formation of stagnation or seals in the “unloved” baby, the mammary gland, it is necessary to “break” them with the help of self-massage under a hot shower. If this does not help, you should immediately contact a breastfeeding consultant or a professional masseuse.
Of course, if you can keep breastfeeding from at least one breast, you need to fight for this opportunity and figure out how to breastfeed to save breastfeeding. After all, no, even the most expensive artificial formula will not replace the child's mother's milk.
How will breastfeeding affect maternal health?
If we consider breastfeeding exclusively from the point of view of a woman’s health, then there are more questions. The main problem is the increase of one breast in size compared to the other, which is “not used”. Such a feeding regimen can lead to very unpleasant aesthetic consequences when the right or left breast is larger and the opposite is smaller. In this regard, a woman can develop even psychological complexes.
Another problem is that when feeding exclusively with one breast, there can be stagnation and overflow in the gland that the baby refuses.
How will breastfeeding affect a baby?
If a baby eats milk only from one mother's breast, it will not do him any harm personally, if the milk in this breast is sufficiently fat and it is sufficient for saturation. But as often happens, the child sucks only the first milk, which is slightly watery, and the thicker one does not suck out the “back” milk, because this requires more effort (because of this, one breast is preferred, because the second dissolve). This is not very useful, because the child does not receive additional nutrients that the “back” milk is rich with.
Why do children choose one breast?
Young children, especially newborns - under the age of 6 weeks, often choose for themselves the "beloved" mother's breast, from which they suck more milk. While the other is completely refused, they often come off, cry during feeding. The reasons for this can be many:
- There is more milk in one breast than in the other;
- Milk "tight" comes from one breast, and when it sucks the baby has to put more effort;
- On one of the breasts is a “blind” nipple, which the baby cannot grab by mouth;
- Mom incorrectly puts the child to one of the breasts, etc.