I just wanted to say this article was very helpful and I wished I'd seen it earlier.
From the start, my little boy has preferred one breast. I have one nipple a different shape and size and think he latched on quicker to the other. A health visitor also told me they often prefer the left breast as it's nearer the heart and they hear the heart beat more strongly.
I struggled to feed from two breasts until he was six months trying to keep both breasts going, pumping from one side three times a day. A freezer full of milk! All I seemed to be doing was sterilizing, pumping and feeding with no other time for anything else. It was very stressful and time-consuming and looking back I wished I'd just given up on the one breast earlier. People just said he would go to it if I kept the milk going, but he never has.
At six months I gave up worrying about the rejected breast, and at nine months it's almost dried up, he sometimes goes on for a couple of sucks, but I don't worry anymore.
I am lopsided which is a worry for me, but I ware scarfs and different tops to feel more comfortable. I'm told my breasts will return to normal size when he finishes breast feeding. My little boy is healthy and happy, and I'm a much less stressed happy mummy having relaxed about feeding from one side.
When and if I have another baby I will hopefully feed from both sides. Looking back maybe more skin to skin contact in the hospital would have been helpful. Also, I think the fact I got it in my head it was a "bad" breast didn't help as I believe being tense must have been communicated to him, which probably contributed to his dislike of the breast.
For anyone else in this situation keep going with trying both breasts but from experience I wanted to share that you really can feed a baby from one side - Good luck!
First I wish I would have found this site when my son was first born.
If I had, I think I would have breastfed longer than three months.
Anyway, I now have a daughter shes six months old and almost exclusively breastfed.
Here is my problem... she seems to favor my left breast. I'm starting to look lopsided on one side, I have an inverted nipple on my right side, but she seems to be able to pull the nipple out with ease.
All my family Dr has suggested is pumping, but I can't seem to get the pump to pump hard enough for me. I've started putting my daughter on my right side at night, but nothing seems to help. Any suggestions would be great thanks