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One side or two? That is ...

One side or two? That is the question. And the answer… depends!

? In the early days, it is absolutely a good idea to offer both breasts at every feeding. The first side being dinner and the second being dessert. When you’re switching sides, you can do some gentle stimulation to wake baby and get them ready to actively feed again.

? There’s a chance your baby may not take the second side, and if they are otherwise eating well, gaining well, and having appropriate wet and dirty diapers, you can leave them be!

?If baby is sleepy, not gaining weight or gaining slowly, or not having diaper output, you may want to be more persistent about waking baby and getting them to actively feed off the second breast. (In addition to any other measures and working with an IBCLC to get to the root cause)

? During cluster feeding you might even offer what I call the “third side.” This is essentially just putting baby back onto the first breast.

? Feeding on one side or two can depend on all sorts of things like your milk storage capacity (different than milk making capacity), your baby’s feeding effectiveness, and your babies age.

? You DO NOT need to cut baby off after any certain time to switch sides. Allow baby to continue as long as they are actively feeding with swallows. As they slow down/stop/unlatch, then you offer the second side.

Unsure if things are going well? Find a local IBCLC or peer to peer support group!

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One side or two? That is the question. And the answer… depends! 

? In the early days, it is absolutely a good idea to offer both breasts at every feeding. The first side being dinner and the second being dessert. When you’re switching sides, you can do some gentle stimulation to wake baby and get them ready to actively feed again. 

? There’s a chance your baby may not take the second side, and if they are otherwise eating well, gaining well, and having appropriate wet and dirty diapers, you can leave them be! 

?If baby is sleepy, not gaining weight or gaining slowly, or not having diaper output, you may want to be more persistent about waking baby and getting them to actively feed off the second breast. (In addition to any other measures and working with an IBCLC to get to the root cause)

? During cluster feeding you might even offer what I call the “third side.” This is essentially just putting baby back onto the first breast. 

? Feeding on one side or two can depend on all sorts of things like your milk storage capacity (different than milk making capacity), your baby’s feeding effectiveness, and your babies age. 

? You DO NOT need to cut baby off after any certain time to switch sides. Allow baby to continue as long as they are actively feeding with swallows. As they slow down/stop/unlatch, then you offer the second side. 

Unsure if things are going well? Find a local IBCLC or peer to peer support group!

#ibclc #breastfeeding #breastfeedinghelp #breastfeedingtips #breastmilk #humanmilk #lactation #humanlactation #lactationconsultant #nursingparent #newbaby #letstalklactation #latchtips #latchinghelp #mothersmilk #normalizebreastfeeding #supportisbest #infantgrowth #handexpression #colostrum #newbornfeeding #postpartum #latching #latchingtips #handexpression #cincinnatibreastfeeds #cincyibclc #cincinnatiibclc #breastfeedcincinnati #cincinnatilactation #cincybaby