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Switching Sides
By Jane Squires, RN, IBCLC

Janes SquiresQ. I've been hearing conflicting advice about whether to switch sides during a feed, or stay on the same breast. I've started nursing DS from one side each feed because I was told he will get more hind milk that way. But I'm afraid I won't be able to establish my supply, because the opposite breast goes so much longer between feeds. The opposite breast feels so full by the time he's ready to nurse again. Will the fact that I'm nursing frequently enough help, even without switching sides?

A. It sounds like your supply is well established at this point. Do you want to switch sides while you are nursing him? Does he want to switch sides? After eating on one side and he is burped, does he appear satisfied? Or is he looking for more? If he is looking for more, give him "dessert" and feed him on the other side. There are only a few rules to follow in breastfeeding:

  1. Feed the baby
  2. Baby must gain weight
Switch sides if it works, and don't if it doesn't.

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