Why One Breast Produces More Milk Than the Other: The Case of Stud vs. Dud. 

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Breastfeeding is an amazing experience that leads people all over the world to ask many questions. One of which is why one breast produces more milk than the other, or in other words why is one side a stud and the other a dud?

Could there be a correlation between the side your sweet baby first nurses on? 

Personally, the side I first nursed my daughter on is the side that produces the bulk of my milk. This got me wondering if there was a correlation between which side your baby first latched onto and how much milk that side produced. In an online survey, out of 34 moms, 24 of them saw a correlation between what side they first nursed on and what side was their “stud”, whereas 10 of them saw no correlation. That means 70% of the moms surveyed in this online forum also had the same experience with their bulk producer being their babies first latch.

This could be coincidental, and there are obviously a lot of other factors that take place. However, you could argue that this side got more stimulation at the ideal time.

Babies preferences might be determined from the get go.

Sometimes babies simply prefer one side over the other. Because of this, that one side gets more stimulation therefore demanding more from that breast. Breastfeeding works on a supply and demand system so the more your baby takes from one side the more it will produce. Other times, your baby might determine their preference due to a forceful let down or slow let down. She might dislike the forceful let down as it can cause stomach aches and gas, along with being hard to swallow. On the other hand, like my baby, she might not like the slow let down and having to work so hard for your liquid gold.

She might have an ear infection or strained muscle.

If your baby has an ear infection she might be in pain when laying on that side. This can cause your baby to not want to nurse on that side and decrease the milk supply of that breast. She may also have a strained muscle from delivery that causes discomfort. If you think your baby might have an ear infection or a strained muscle, contact your pediatrician immediately to get it addressed. Also, try different nursing positions to see if this helps.

Different sizes and anatomy of the breast.

Like everything else on the human body, women often have one breast that is larger than the other, sometimes one of them can have more milk glands causing it to have a higher supply. However, just because one side is smaller, doesn’t mean that it won’t produce as much milk as the larger one.

Increasing supply of the “dud”.

Although it is perfectly fine to have one side produce more milk than the other, there are many ways to increase the supply on that side. Some of which include:

• Adding an extra pumping session to that side and pumping after each feed.

• Starting each nursing session with the less productive side, switch to the more productive side and then finish with the one you started with.

• Try to nurse on the side that produces less milk more often.

• Drink a lot of water!!!! And eat a nutritious diet:)

• Massage and compress the breast.

• Use heat to increase blood flow to that side.

Lansinoh has a great product that helps with let down and with engorgement. You can purchase these almost anywhere, Wal-Mart for about $13 or Amazon just to name a few of locations.

Do you have one breast that produces more than the other? Have you noticed a correlation between baby’s first latch and which breast is the “stud”? I’d love to hear your nursing experience, leave a comment below.

Please note: Information is for educational purposes only. Information found in posts should not be mistaken as medical advice.  Please consult a medical professional on matters regarding your health or your baby’s health.

 

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 Amazon Offers Work From Home Positions.

I recently returned to work full-time from maternity leave. Nothing could prepare me enough for the immense amount of pain returning to work and leaving my baby all day would cause. I found myself frantically searching for ways to work from home, until I came across a 9 news article about Amazons recent decision to hire customer service technicians who can work right from the comfort of their homes.

 

An offer that seems too good to be true.

That was just my thought, until I looked into the details. I tried searching for the job listing. I found a lot of job search engines looking for you to put  your email and other information in. This was discouraging as they do not provide as much information as I wanted. I found a frequently asked questions article from Amazon their selves explaining how to apply for a job with Amazon. This led me to their Amazon Jobs page https://www.amazon.jobs/ where I quickly discovered that the news article was true.

 

Details of the job.

 There are two job opportunities that I came across in my research. One of which is a seasonal day option. This job listing even offers the opportunity of benefits given that you work the required amount of hours per week. The other job opportunity is the nights and weekends listing. This position is the option that best fits my schedule as I would not have uninterrupted time during the day ( I can’t even go to the bathroom alone during the day #momlife). They are both customer service positions answering phone calls and chat messages from customers who have questions or need help.

I for one have already submitted my application and I’m sure a lot of other people wanting to work from home have as well.

If you are interested in more details, simply click the link above and search for “work from home jobs”.

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Recovering From Nipple Confusion in Three Simple Steps

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Recently, my dd (dear daughter) came down with a case of nipple confusion.  Below are the three simple steps I used to recover from nipple confusion.   It was very hard for her to breathe while nursing due to her having rsv, so I started to use bottles during the day. In the past, she had bottles before and easily transferred from bottle to breast.  However, after a week straight of only bottles during the day, she no longer wanted to nurse and clearly was suffering from nipple confusion.  She liked the fast flow of the bottle and did not want to nurse unless I caught her right as she was waking up from a nap.

Using nipple guards to imitate a bottle and give instant gratification.

Nipple guards can be used for multiple purposes. One of which is recovering from nipple confusion.Nipple guards are a very thin silicon nipple that sits right over the top of your nipple.  It has several holes at the tip and feels a bit like a bottle.  Because the milk pools at the end of the nipple guard, the baby gets an instant dose of milk as soon as she sucks which resembles a bottle.   First massage the breast and elicit a let down.  You can also achieve this by pumping until a let down starts. Then stick the nipple guard over your nipple and let the milk pool in the guard.  After this,  put baby to the breast and try to get her to latch. The first few times she might get fussy as soon as she has to work for some milk. Try to continue to massage the breast so that a continuous stream of milk is pulling into the guard.

* Tip: run nipple guard under hot water prior to use to help it adhere to breast. A bit of nipple cream on your breast will help keep the guard in place.

To read more about nipple guards and proper use of them, head over to KellyMom.com. She does a fantastic job of explaining use and weaning from use of nipple guards as they are meant to be temporary.

http://kellymom.com/ages/newborn/nb-challenges/wean-shield/

Filling a bottle with milk of your choice. 

I would use this method when she would not cooperate with the nipple guard and was too hungry to calm down. Fill a bottle (preferably one with a long skinny nipple) with either expressed breast milk or formula and begin to feed her. Once she starts to calm down, have your breast close to her face and have her in a nursing position. Slowly pull the bottle nipple away from her mouth and insert your nipple into her mouth.  If she starts to fuss because she is having to work for the milk, squeeze some milk from the bottle onto your nipple so it falls into her mouth as she is sucking. Keep doing this until a let down begins and she is happy.

Using the “sleepy method”.

This is what I call the sleepy method. My dd would nurse well if I caught her right as she was waking up or even if I woke her up to nurse. Don’t let her get too awake or she will realize that she would rather have the bottle. Once she wakes up, bring her into a quiet room and put her in the nursing position. Wake her just enough to get her to latch and actively suck.  If she begins to fall asleep while nursing, gently wake her again so she will actively nurse.

Patience is key

Lots and lots of patience. Breastfeeding is hard and even harder when your baby doesn’t want to cooperate.  But if you really want to breastfeed and get your baby back to nursing comfortably, keep at it. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that it will get better and you are not alone!

This is how I got my daughter over nipple confusion in three days. These methods are simple enough that I can always use them again when she starts to prefer the bottle over the breast. I hope this information can be of some help for you! Please comment below if you have any questions.

Please note: Information is for educational purposes only. Information found in posts should not be mistaken as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional on matters regarding your health or your baby’s health

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